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Last Days Review

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

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Yet music, the one thing that might have given the film some kick, is de-emphasized, with only two songs sneaking into the picture.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Van Sant and his star, Michael Pitt, together with the cinematographer Harris Savides, set out to do a somber, rigorously distanced study of a man drained of all resources, and slowly though inexorably approaching his end. That they have done exactly what they meant to do is notable.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The glacial pacing may put some people off, but it also has a hypnotic quality. And some viewers might find it fascinating to be a voyeur into someone's tortured psyche.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There is a method to its madness, since the madness here is really Cobain's. Last Days mythologizes his suicide as a haunting act of fulfillment: the consummation of a life that had already ceased to be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Tale of a Cobain-like rock star isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie focuses on a musician's depressed final days, and he shoots himself at the end, in a sequence featuring images recalling Kurt Cobain's suicide (based on widely circulated police and press photos). Characters use drugs, drink, smoke, and curse casually and frequently (including the "f--k"). The movie contains some sexual imagery and references (a girl in her underwear, two young men having sex, two girls dancing, a male character wearing a slip), and sexual slang. A young man urinates into a river (his back to the camera), carries a shotgun through his house, and passes out more than once. He also appears as a ghost, nude, emerging from and ascending from the corpse of his unhappy self.

  • Families can talk about this film's representation of depression and celebrity. While Blake is surely feeling isolated and despondent, his friends and associates are unable or unwilling to take his depression seriously. How is Blake's melancholy represented in allusive, even poetic, images? How does the film show his rejection of commercial interests, as embodied by other characters, like his manager, bandmates, or hangers-on?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Rock musicians and hangers-on are rude, do drugs, and have sex; one character kills himself in the end.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Suicide by shotgun implied at end, body seen (in photos that recall Cobain's death), but act is not.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief nudity, two girls dancing, two boys kissing in bed.

  • language false3

    Language: Very little dialogue, but some use of curse words, including f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Cocoa Rice Krispies, generic mac and cheese.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink, smoke, and take drugs, though the last occurs mostly off-screen, with effects (stumbling, slurring words) visible.

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