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Last Chance Harvey

Romance . Comedy . Drama

In London for his daughter's wedding, a struggling jingle-writer, Harvey Shine, misses his plane to New York, and thus loses his job. While drowning his sorrows in the airport pub, Harvey meets Kate, a British government worker stuck in an endless cycle of work, phone calls from her mother, and blind dates. A connection forms between the unhappy pair, who soon find themselves falling in love.

Actors: Eileen Atkins , Emma Thompson , Dustin Hoffman , Bronagh Gallagher , Wendy Mae Brown , Richard Schiff , James Brolin , Daniel Lapaine , Liane Balaban , Kathy Baker
Directors: Joel Hopkins
Country: USA
Release: 2009-01-16
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  • Roger Ebert

    Last Chance Harvey is a tremendously appealing love story surrounded by a movie not worthy of it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Slight but utterly charming.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Last Chance Harvey is the "Before Sunrise" for the over-45 set.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Harvey is so thin it barely registers as a movie, yet these two actors - British apples and American oranges in their respective approaches to character - almost miraculously weave something memorable out of nothing much.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson bring credibility to Last Chance Harvey merely by their presence. The result is a holiday parfait.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    It's a pleasure to see mature portraits of adult characters who put their vulnerabilities on the line. I enjoyed my time in the company of these strangers.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Small and surprisingly hopeful film, with beautifully attenuated performances by Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    There’s something irresistible about watching two people fall in love, even in contrived, sniffle- and sometimes gag-inducing films like Last Chance Harvey.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson (reunited after 2006's "Stranger Than Fiction") are so disarmingly charming that even the most treacly moments work an emotional magic.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Winds up being a touching portrait of that rarity in the movies: a recognizably human couple with recognizably human problems and quirks.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Hoffman and Thompson are each good enough to bring out a glow in the other.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Basically "Before Sunrise" for middle-aged people, only with less interesting conversations and a more formulaic construction.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Last Chance Harvey is what it is: a pleasant put-up job, held up by world-class pros.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Provides the rare pleasure of a blossoming romance between two people older than Kate Hudson or Ryan Reynolds.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Sappy, sentimental and redeemed only by the quiet radiance and fidgety intelligence of its leads, Last Chance Harvey is a fantasy about mopey middle-agers getting a second chance at love.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Imagine Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" saddled with more sentimentality and sprinkled with a few more laughs and you pretty much have Last Chance Harvey.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    This mundane romantic comedy is notable for one reason only: its leading couple.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    Undemanding, observant and beautifully performed, this is Richard Curtis-lite with added reassurance: no challenging questions here.

    Empire Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Distinctly middling, London-set romance.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    This movie is genial, forgettable piffle about the perhaps-beginning of a maybe affair. It's a romantic daydream so slim that it barely leaves the requisite sweet aftertaste.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Last Chance Harvey is so much an "actors' film" that the hand of the director seems hidden until it bursts into view with something clunky.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Besides being old pros who could elevate such schmaltz in their sleep, Hoffman and Thompson -- despite the 20-plus years between them, and her graceful restraint in contrast to his creepy assertiveness -- have a genuinely sweet chemistry, which is the exact and only reason to seek this one out.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    A good chance to see two superb actors having their way with wafer-thin material.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Lately, most of Dustin Hoffman's roles have been grinning crackpots or talking animals, so accepting the 71-year-old actor as a romantic lead who could fetch the likes of Emma Thompson requires some suspension of disbelief.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    If nothing else, Last Chance Harvey proves that you're never too old to be the subject of a zany trying-on-dresses montage, but considering the prestige of its leads, that's a minor victory at best.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    All this gloomy masochism is made palatable because of the performers. And yet we must ask: Is this any way to show off two of our finest actors?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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