The Last Time
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A cynical New York salesman (Michael Keaton) finds his scornful ways unexpectedly softened upon falling for the fiancée of his new business partner (Brendan Fraser), a Midwest transplant attempting to find his footing in the city, in screenwriter-turned-director Michael Caleo's feature directorial debut. The Bindview Company is a firm comfortably nestled in a corporate park that specializes in a highly profitable product. Ted (Keaton) is a former Northwestern University literature professor who has since found his calling in sales. When fresh-faced Ohio native Jamie (Fraser) arrives at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Writer-director] Caleo isn't able to sell The Last Time -- not the affair and especially not the ludicrous twist ending."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"While his cast is first-rate, director-writer Michael Caleo doesn't know quite what his movie is about."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Love LaBute? Mad for Mamet? Well, let me introduce you to Michael Caleo."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Seemingly developed at the David Mamet Institute for Twist-Laden Salesmen Dramas."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"If this isn't the most irritating film I've seen this year, it's close. No, I take that back. It is the most irritating film I've seen all year."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Feels like a script that was written backwards, as if the twist ending occurred to [writer-director] Caleo first and he then filled out a story to get to it. Fair enough, except getting there in this case is just no fun."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"For all the good work that went into it, the movie is as phony as a game of three-card monte."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Finding the all-important Achilles heel is the central focus of The Last Time, a routine office drama with a love triangle that unexpectedly turns into a biting character study."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Wildly entertaining ... Skillfully walks a fine line between black comedy and intense drama ... It's one of the year's best."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"A little bit nutty and pretty entertaining in a thoroughly unconvincing way. And watch out for that 11th-hour twist -- it's a head snapper."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Strives for contemporary noir in tone but feels closer to an ineffective parody of James M. Cain filtered through faux David Mamet dialogue."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Akin to hip-hop culture's misappropriation of Scarface as a tale of gangsta empowerment, writer-director Michael Caleo crudely latches onto the surface misanthropy of David Mamet's work to fuel his forgettable first feature."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A melodramatic disaster."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A clever and twisty calling card for filmmaker Michael Caleo."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"It alternates between bleak cynicism and a genuinely romantic sensibility, and this unusual combination makes the movie a great vehicle for Keaton and Valletta, and a compelling drama for the audience."
‑ Jim Hemphill,
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