Last Resort


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Thanks to the wonderful performances from both Korzun and Considine, there isn't a forced or dishonest moment on-screen.
  2. This is the best class of poetic realism, the kind you can believe in without a trace of hesitation.
  3. 89
    Maddin's movie is, frame for frame, the densest and most spectacular (albeit cardboard-cheap) film playing anywhere.
  4. 88
    A film that celebrates simple human kindness. If the ending feels somewhat unsatisfying, it is perhaps because one hates to see this too-brief film end at all.
  5. Dallas Observer
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    His (Pawlikowski) love story, which is by turns sensuous, charming, and uniquely moving.
  6. 80
    Sweet, melancholy comedy; it's ineffable charm lies entirely in the delivery.
  7. 80
    The movie's a beauty.
  8. 80
    A hopeless romantic meets a hapless realist in this gritty, elegant drama brimming with spontaneous-seeming close-ups.
  9. Unsatisfying at a very high level. It fritters away more than most movies ever offer up.
  10. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    It's a sweet and wise film - neither groundbreaking nor revolutionary save for the fact that it places narrative and character arc at the center of its concerns.
  11. 75
    I like the way Last Resort ends, how it concludes its emotional journey without pretending the underlying story is over. You walk out of the theater curiously touched.
  12. The new movie year's poignant love story to beat.
  13. Quiet, finely etched and beautifully acted by Dina Korzun and the wise-beyond-his-years Artiom Strelnikov.
  14. A slice of life in the most profound sense.
  15. Compelling, if sometimes grittily depressing, viewing.
  16. 70
    Pawlikowski, whose background is in documentary film, has an eye for the menacingly forlorn and elegantly bleak. Last Resort, which was shot without a script and developed largely in collaboration with the actors, is a kind of verité fantasy.
  17. Though Last Resort dwells on sorrowful circumstances and illuminates a grim corner of contemporary reality, it is far from depressing.

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