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The Last Five Years

6/10
Musical . Romance . Music . Drama . Comedy
 

In New York, a struggling actress and a successful writer sing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.

 
Actors: Cassandra Inman , Tamara Mintz , Cat Lynch , Natalie Knepp , Meg Hudson , Jeremy Jordan , Anna Kendrick
Directors: Richard LaGravenese
Country: USA
Release: 2015-02-18
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  • Peter Debruge

    Beyond scrappy, The Last 5 Years lacks a unifying aesthetic, as if this were merely the run-through, grabbed on the fly without lights, costumes or location permits. This approach does improve upon the stage show in one key respect, however, allowing us to see all those crooned-over emotions writ large on the faces of its two terrific lead performers.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The problem is that the romance as depicted is just not interesting enough to sustain realistic treatment. It's sweet but a tad dull. The two characters lack dimension, and their stereotypical situations seem entirely generic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Though LaGravenese's faithfulness to the songbook is perhaps admirable, the results don't quite work cinematically.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The camera moves with heightened sensitivity, as if on currents of emotion, and Kendrick is infinitely winning. She’s that rare thing, a movie star with a trained soprano.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    Kendrick qualifies as the movie's secret weapon — actually not so secret now that she's charmed audiences in both Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect. She's so appealing here, in fact, that audience sympathies are likely to be less-than-evenly split between the two leads.

    NPR Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    From moment to moment, this Last Five Years is a robust entertainment, often stirring, sad, and funny.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A pretty good movie expansion of a pretty good stage musical; what bumps it up into contention and makes it of interest beyond devotees of musical theater — you know who you are — is Kendrick.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    It’s more than great dancing and tragic strings that elevate The Last Five Years to a very funny, deeply affecting portrait of love lost and found. Kendrick and Jordan are both Broadway performers with powerful voices.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A small, shrewd movie about large, messy emotions and regrets. It is a grown-up work about people who grow up the hard way, leaving one heart in disrepair and the other in reckless forward motion. It's a sad piece, but not maudlin.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    For Kendrick in particular, it’s a sign that she could sing her way through something bigger.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Let us now praise Anna Kendrick, who is positively great in the small-scale The Last Five Years — so utterly wonderful that this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical deserves better than a token theatrical release to support its distribution via video-on-demand.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    In Mr. Jordan’s portrayal of Jamie, this handsome talented musical theater performer (“Newsies”) goes for the jugular in taking down his character and making him insufferable.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The story is really rather prosaic and character details are fairly nonexistent. Yet LaGravenese should be commended for his vision and tenacity, which has helped to create a piece that should be catnip to fans of the modern musical theatre – and in these post-Glee days, who isn’t?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    As a date-night viewing option for this weekend, this nearly all-sung autopsy of a failed marriage would pretty much qualify as a Valentine’s Day massacre.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's easy to overlook the failings in The Last Five Years. Let it in and it knocks you back on your heels. Just like love.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    No, it’s not deep. But the film, a sung-through (virtually no dialogue) musical by Jason Robert Brown, is sweet and sunny and occasionally funny.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • David Hughes

    A musical with almost 100% sung verse is not for everyone but Kendrick is as bewitching as ever.

    Empire Full Review
  • Julia Alexander

    Pacing issues and clichéd dialogue between Jamie and Cathy, however, can make proceedings tedious at points. Fortunately, the spectacular acting from both Kendrick and Jordan more than make up for it. Their on screen chemistry is tepid and duets feel forced, but when each is on their own and belting out their various parts, there's a definite pull to each.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    In a small theater, it’s easy to feel like you’re a part of the romance unfolding before you. But in the grander scheme of an impersonal cineplex, it’s an uphill climb.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    If there’s any thought to the screen musical being revived as more than a Broadway brand extension, Kendrick makes the emphatic case that she’s the star it should be built around.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ryan Lattanzio

    Can Anna Kendrick save the movie musical with The Last Five Years? The answer is no — and yes.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    While both have Broadway-level pipes, neither has a particularly distinctive, knock-it-out-of-the park voice. It doesn’t help that the songs, while solid, become repetitive in melody. And there’s not a home run in the bunch. I walked out humming … nothing from this movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    This bare-bones adaptation is more of a sop to the musical’s fans than a fully imagined movie musical.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The Last Five Years is not unpleasant to watch — the leads are delightful — but as a movie experience, it's not especially satisfying either.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Brennan

    The film mostly skirts any connection to musical theater as though it were faintly embarrassed.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    While The Last Five Years isn't a bad movie, neither does it fall into the "must-see" category.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Without that emotional groundwork to establish the contours of Cathy and Jamie’s relationship, “The Last Five Years” is largely a numbing experience.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The film's structure is a reminder that being Pinteresque isn't the same as being written by Harold Pinter, and its lyrics prove that there's a big difference between something Sondheim-esque and the real deal.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
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