One Last Kiss

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27

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  1. 100
    Stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy.
  2. 88
    More movies should be so funny and perceptive, with writing this sharp and acting this believable.
  3. The vigorous, unsubtle acting provides consistent pleasure, once you stop expecting it to seem realistic.
  4. While Last Kiss may strike some as a calculated crowd-pleaser, it's cleverly calculated, perceptive and often quite funny -- and a bit darker than it may first appear.
  5. A crowd-pleaser in the deepest sense, mixes heartbreak and happiness together until you don't even want to see them apart.
  6. 70
    The air of self-imposed misery can dampen the film's humor, but Muccino never stays still long enough for the emotions to become leaden, and the strong cast carries the film to its striking, bittersweet conclusion.
  7. Its portrait of the many ways we can complicate our romantic lives may have a few serious moments, but it's intended to go down easy, and that's what it does.
  8. Both a witty ode to and a poignant lament for the choices we make.
  9. It's a frisky, funny roundelay starring Stefania Sandrelli, and it features enough shouting and arm-waving to power a windmill.
  10. 63
    Walking a tightrope between high farce and emotional truth, writer-director Gabriele Muccino's breathlessly paced Italian comedy The Last Kiss manages to stay just this side of melodrama.
  11. In the end, The Last Kiss holds less a cynical view of the matrimonial state than one of considered irony.
  12. 75
    You get to know each person just well enough to compare them, allowing you to judge as you like; the film, nicely, refrains from moralizing.
  13. 80
    Think "Sex and the City" with men, only in Italian and with lots more hollering and hand gestures.
  14. 70
    Provides more than enough sentimental catharsis for a satisfying evening at the multiplex.
  15. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    100
    An Altman-influenced movie made without the master's acrid bitterness. The Last Kiss may come out of Italian opera and comedy, but in spirit it's Shakespearean -- objective, impassive, and at peace with a world in which men and women manage to be both ordinary and extraordinary. [5 August 2002, p.80]
  16. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    Craftily combining elements that speak directly to three different generations, this accomplished ensemble piece is shaping up to be the surprise homegrown hit of the season.
  17. It's not Fellini, by any means, but it's lively. Never stops moving, even though it crashes into cliches along the way.

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