Last Tango in Paris
Last Tango in Paris (1972)

In Bernardo Bertolucci's art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in "emotional exile" who comes to Paris when his estranged wife… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Naturalistic but evocative, Last Tango in Paris is a vivid exploration of pain, love, and sex featuring a typically towering Marlon Brando performance.

Variety Staff

An uneven, convoluted, certainly dispute-provoking study of sexual passion in which Marlon Brando gives a truly remarkable performance.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is sad, but it's also hugely funny, occasionally when it doesn't mean to be.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

The sex scenes that made the film famous are just a symptom of a deep pain and also its treatment. [Full review in Portuguese.]

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The operatic extravagance of Bernardo Bertolucci's style has emerged more clearly since this 1972 drama, which still managed to seem vaguely naturalistic in the midst of its extravagant camera moves and eccentric construction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The look, feel and sound of the film are evocative.

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Emanuel Levy

Brando gives a terrific performance, but Bertolucci's movie as a whole, which was so bold and audacious in 1972, does not hold up very well.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's Brando's film: his monologues devastate.

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Alberto Abuín

A film that loses all interest and is even quite unbearable when Brando is not on screen. [Full review in Spanish]

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Took the world by storm with its strategy of sexual frankness and a towering performance by Marlon Brando. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
The most bizzare Marlon Brando movie ever. Last Tango actually could look like a typical movie with Brando, but with much more heavy and raw material. The… More
Steven Carrier
Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" is still as controversial and challenging as it was when it debuted in 1972. This is a film that will… More
Spencer S.
So evocative in its day, this film does not hold up under the scrutiny of thirty years. At the time it was unsettling, possibly harsh, to see an erotic film… More
Aj V
A very 70s romantic drama, it's sad and strange, but good.
Jim Hunter
A widower hooks up with a young Parisian who is pursued by a man who conflates his art with his personal life. In a career of gritty, realistic performances,… More
Cassandra Maples
Widely denounced as obscene upon its release and unjustifiably notorious for two of its scenes, Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Last Tango in Paris' is a… More

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