Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Apr 17, 2014
    83
    The Final Member boasts a stranger-than-fiction subject so odd and funny it almost couldn’t miss. But Bekhor and Math make the film much more than a limp gag.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    This wonderfully weird documentary pinpoints the desire to preserve fleeting glories.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    Funny, fascinating, and packing a surprisingly poignant twist, the doc will get plenty of free publicity and, for unsqueamish moviegoers, will live up to the hype.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Feb 24, 2014
    80
    The Final Member finds hilarity in humanity.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Feb 24, 2014
    75
    The sincerity and honesty of the stories within, as odd as they are, make The Final Member worth seeking out.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math favor a deadpan, clear-eyed, strikingly simple approach that brings out both the humor and the pathos in the story.
  7. Reviewed by: Heather Baysa
    Apr 16, 2014
    70
    the shock factor was to be expected from the get-go, and so it's not all that shocking. What is compelling, however, is the weird way this film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative.
  8. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Apr 16, 2014
    67
    While very funny, The Final Member is also a compelling examination of society’s concept of masculinity and male identity, and an empathetic portrait of three men in the fading decline of their lives, staring at their own mortality. In the end, their obsession with leaving behind a legacy illustrates a universal truth for us all, and that’s no joke.
  9. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 15, 2014
    63
    A potential barroom joke blossoms into a surprisingly poignant portrait of three aging men wrestling with how to shed their mortal coil.
  10. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Smartly, the filmmakers minimize their topic's punchline potential. But even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out.
  11. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 17, 2014
    60
    A phallocentric documentary could easily be nothing but snickers and mockery, but the directors offer a work filled with warmth, humor and humanism.
  12. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Apr 18, 2014
    25
    Generally speaking, the museum seems like a modest, but vividly-detailed freak show.

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