The Last Seduction

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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. YoonMinC.
    Sep 26, 2003
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    A vapid and hollow exercise that coyly uses noir conventions to subvert allgedly current notions on gender and power. Worst of all is the movie's cheerleading ugliness, its 'feminist' flagwaving. Noir films of the past also had femme fatales but they were mysterious and dark, fascinating ciphers. Fiorentino is merely repulsive and vile, and her deceptive uses of feminity A vapid and hollow exercise that coyly uses noir conventions to subvert allgedly current notions on gender and power. Worst of all is the movie's cheerleading ugliness, its 'feminist' flagwaving. Noir films of the past also had femme fatales but they were mysterious and dark, fascinating ciphers. Fiorentino is merely repulsive and vile, and her deceptive uses of feminity are too nakedly obvious to have any effect on the audience except making them wink and nod and in turn slap her on the back for such daring acts of empowerment. Best noir movies leave us pessmisitc but also thoughtful; it's pulp philosophy at its best. This movie uses noir which is beyond the clutch of ideology for 'progressive' purposes and in the process mangles both noir and feminism. Expand
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85

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
  2. 75
    Director John Dahl has fun with this material, filming the modern-day noir potboiler with such gusto that it's impossible not to fall under its spell.
  3. Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.