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Last Chance Harvey Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...lukewarm bowl of romance soup. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A good chance to see two superb actors having their way with wafer-thin material.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Imagine Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" saddled with more sentimentality and sprinkled with a few more laughs and you pretty much have Last Chance Harvey.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Hoffman and Thompson are each good enough to bring out a glow in the other.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Last Chance Harvey is the "Before Sunrise" for the over-45 set.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Last Chance Harvey is a tremendously appealing love story surrounded by a movie not worthy of it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Midlife love story is sweet, but may not appeal to teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sweet romance about middle-aged lovers deals with some mature themes -- family dysfunction, for starters -- in a low-key way that likely won't lure too many younger viewers. But those who do see it, especially older teens, will be greeted with strong storytelling about a very realistic relationship. There's some strong language (mostly "s--t"), and few scenes involve drinking, primarily in a social setting (at pubs, for instance) -- though one character sits at a bar seemingly ready to drown his sorrows. It may feel like a downer at first, but it's ultimately a hopeful film.

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie different from many Hollywood romances. Does the central relationship seem more or less realistic than in other romances you've seen? Why? How do most movies define "love"? How does that compare to real life? Also, what does the movie say about the power of forgiveness -- not only of others, but of yourself?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: A father tries to patch things up with his daughter, putting his already endangered job in more peril. A woman comes to a man's aid and not only befriends him but also helps him through a rough patch, as he does for her. A daughter grows increasingly exasperated with her needy mother but still stays patient and giving.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense conversations, but no physical fights.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A sweet kiss between two people falling in love.

  • language false3

    Language: Some brief outbursts of profanity, primarily "s--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some visible signage and product placement -- including but not limited to Johnnie Walker Black Label, Air Berliner, and Marriott -- but not an overwhelming amount.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking, mostly social -- though one scene shows a man ready to drown out his sorrows in hard liquor.