Last Night
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Don McKellar wrote and directed this comedy-drama about the last night of the world, part of the 12-film Arte series of movies about the Millennium. Set in Toronto, Patrick (McKellar) endures a faux Christmas celebration with his family while Sandra (Sandra Oh) tries to get across town to commit suicide with her husband, a gas company employee Duncan (David Cronenberg). Meanwhile, Craig (Callum Keith Rennie) hopes to achieve sexual satisfaction with several women on his list. Still mourning his dead wife, Patrick plans his last moments alone, until he and Sandra crosspaths. Shown in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its wry humor, it concludes as a heart-piercing affirmation of life and love in the face of death."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Although Last Night eschews sentimentality, the situation is so extreme that there is ultimately no avoiding it. But the intense performances of [Ms Oh and McKellar] ... keep the suds from billowing into more than a few discreet bubbles."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The humor does not negate the scenario's anguished heart, brought to wrenching life primarily by the extraordinary Oh."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"While it lacks the tension and panic of a similar film, Miracle Mile, [it] boasts a cast of intriguing characters in an equally intriguing (though unlikely) scenario."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"What begins as a serious attempt to question the materiality of existence and an individual's lack of control within a larger world spirals into a rather cloying romanticism."
‑ J. Serpico, PopMatters
"McKellar is a good storyteller, and he demonstrates a clever -- albeit dark -- sense of humor. But much of it goes for naught because of the movie's sterile patina."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As the final hour approaches for the characters in Last Night, there are moments of startling poignancy."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Required viewing for anyone who hasn't yet planned her own last night."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"It's the End of The World as We Know It, and this crafty Canadian film chronicles the end times in smart, snappy fashion."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Last Night is the work of a good playwright, not a screenwriter."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Last Night succeeds where so many other films have failed because it concentrates on the element that its predecessors have ignored: the human factor."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"stunning apocalyptic drama"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film has a kind of airless, artificial quality that made it seem much longer than it actually was."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Last Night employs an intriguing 'what if' scenario and mines a few authentic moments, but is hampered by the narrow imagination of its young creator."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"One of the few genuinely original films at the 1998 Cannes Festival."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
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