Alexander the Last
Alexander the Last (2009)

A sensual and intimate portrait of a young marriage that focuses on an artistic young couple, "Alexander the Last" illuminates the challenges of monogamy amidst myriad sexual and creative temptations.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a pretentious mess...

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Joshua Tyler

A collection of indie movie clichés, the kind of film where every character is an actor or a musician or some sort of artist.

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Peter Debruge

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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...

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Norm Schrager

Swanberg aspires to the next level -- in story scope, character development, and artistic commentary -- and just misses the mark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
While Alex(Jess Weixler) is rehearsing for a play, her husband Eliott(Justin Rice) is on tour with his band. Jamie(Barlow Jacobs), a fellow actor in the play… More
Lovable Misanthrope
It seemed superficial to me and I felt that it didn't really accomplish a story or a well formed plot.
Mark Abell
A film that investigates intimate relationships, sexual temptation, and work that forces one to deal with uncomfortable personal issues. Alex (Jess Weixler) is… More
Jeff Talbott
A mosty lovely, tiny portrait of what it's like to be young, trying on grown-up clothes (and taking them off). Sweetly acted and unlike many… More