The Last Word
The Last Word (2017)

Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

The occasionally retired Ms. MacLaine is ever quick with a retort, but this is one lead-footed comeback we all could have done without.

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Julia Cooper
Globe and Mail

I hope that in the name of her decades-spanning career and six Academy Award nominations (plus one win), we might do MacLaine the small courtesy of forgetting that this pedestrian and dull comedy ever happened.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

If only the movie that encases this character were as sharp and distinctive as Harriet.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Even when surrounded by junk, the 83-year-old MacLaine still has plenty of pep. She's a treasure, but "The Last Word" doesn't do her or her legacy justice.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Beyond the contrivance and a gimmicky story that not only would never happen but would never happen in the way it happens here, there are positive aspects to "The Last Word."

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A serious case of the cutes...Pellington knows his movie is more or less bad, but Shirley there's an audience for it.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

By the time MacLaine's character Harriet shows real humanity, all sympathy for her character's loneliness has long since vanished.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Let the plausibility-stretching contrivances begin!

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Michael Heaton
Cleveland Plain Dealer

A legend of MacLaine's stature deserves credit for answering this call without fear and for making it as enjoyable as it is despite the script's problems. She still has her chops. Hollywood is letting her -- and the audience that still loves her -- down.

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