Sheri Linden LA Times – “Bored and sexually neglected by self-described overachiever Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence, quite good), Abby kick-starts her life after suffering a concussion in a playground accident.”
Marshall Fine Huffington Post – “It deserves to be seen by a wide audience, if only for the discussions it will inevitably provoke. But also because it’s just an exceptional and pleasurable film.”
Anthony Kaufman Screen Intl Review – “She continues to..engage in soft-core sexual encounters, keep them from her wife (Julie Fain Lawrence, also solid)….It is mainly to the credit of the strong cast that the story comes across”
Oh! That Film Blog “Julie Fain Lawrence, as wife Kate, skillfully portrays the ‘not tonight darling’ model of spouse that we are so familiar with in film”
monocinema.com “Bored as well as intimately not asked by self-described overachiever Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence, utterly good)”
Ernie @ filmpost.net “Julie Fain Lawrence also stars as Kate, Abby’s wife. She’s an inattentive partner who’s always hard a work and comes home tired…the second half where she really has the opportunity to shine.”
Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com “her wife, Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence, handling a thankless role with grace)” …..no stars in this ensemble cast, but I can’t get over how good it is
Roger Moore Zap2it… an introduction to a writer-director with talent, but to a slew of under-employed and superb actresses.
Reviews for THE LAST
James van Maanen, TrustMovies – “And though the story is told almost exclusively through conversation, which includes a ton of exposition, so well-performed is the film — especially by Birney, Shull and Lawrence — that I think you won’t mind. Lipsky’s latest, entitled THE LAST, may be one of his best.”
NYTimes – “Still: the harrowing outlandishness of the dramatic situation is almost sufficient to emotionally concuss the viewer. And the movie is quite accomplished in the most important respects. Its peculiar rhythms, in which certain characters conduct nearly uninterrupted monologues of over 10 minutes, seem entirely deliberate, as does the sometimes plain affect of the performers.
Harvey Karten, Member, New York Film Critics Online, ShockYa! – “Her granddaughter Melody (Julie Fain Lawrence), married to would-be graphic novelist Harry (Reed Birney), can identify strongly with Claire, given that Melody lost both of her parents in the war. “The Last” is a daring film that can be appreciated by a select, sophisticated audience. Acting – B+
The Hollywood Reporter – Frank Schenck – “The latest effort from independent movie distributor and filmmaker Jeff Lipsky (Mad Women, Flannel Pajamas) feels like a gift to actors. The Last features showpieces for several members of its ensemble cast…To say that thespians live for opportunities such as this is an understatement…The movie is certainly worth seeing”