Alexander the Last
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Alexander the Last
Independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends) writes, directs, and produces this intimate marriage drama focusing on the troubled union of an artistic young couple. As temptations both sexual and creative in nature challenge the couple's monogamous relationship, the facade of happiness fades to reveal the hardships of modern marriage. Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, and Jane Adams star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alexander the Last, a 72-minute series of loosely connected scenes, follows an actress's lurching conversations and tentative gestures in life and the theater."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"...a pretentious mess..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A collection of indie movie clichés, the kind of film where every character is an actor or a musician or some sort of artist."
‑ Joshua Tyler,
"Absent any major dramatic moments, and without once relying on the crutch of overacting, the women enact a sisterly bond fraught with difficulties."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"At a slight 72 minutes, the DIY director's latest bout of psychosexual titillation (which is being made available on-demand in conjunction with its SXSW fest premiere) feels undercooked."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"With its self-conscious references to the artistic process and to art itself (in a scene that wouldn't be out of place in a Godard project, a character reads Poe's 'The Bells,' almost in its entirety), this is Swanberg's most moving and impressive film..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Mumblecore has always lived in small moments, sometimes excruciatingly small, but rarely have these moments added up to a memorable takeaway message. Here, they do."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"Part of that restless, productive team of mumblecore savants, Swanberg allows his actors to do what they do best: act."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"What looks like a drama of adultery turns out to be an exploration of how the spaces between people can separate them or join them, often at the same moment."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Clearly a transitional film for Swanberg, with a more assertive authorial voice on the one hand and more tentative (and unspontaneous) work with professional actors on the other."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Swanberg aspires to the next level -- in story scope, character development, and artistic commentary -- and just misses the mark."
‑ Norm Schrager,
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