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Last Flag Flying

HD   R Closed Captioning

Richard Linklater

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About the Movie

In 2003, thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry "Doc" Shepherd reunites with former marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller on a different type of mission: burying Doc’s son, a young marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington National Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal, and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Based on the novel by Darryl Ponicsan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 163
  • Fresh: 123
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For its studiously modest, unassuming tone, "Last Flag Flying" is a movie of enormous humanity and heart. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Nov 9, 2017

Fresh: It's a stand-alone film. Maybe a sequel in terms of some themes, and the general plot device of a transformative train trip. This is one of the best movies of 2017. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 9, 2017

Fresh: A thoughtful meditation about war and surviving in its aftermath, Last Flag Flying avoids descending into the hell where many such movies take us and, as a result, is more hopeful and life-affirming. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Nov 9, 2017

Rotten: Last Flag Flying lacks the casual, lived-in realism you usually find in a Linklater film. You don't buy the men as long-separated pals, and so you don't really buy the premise the connection that caused Doc to seek out these men is not visible on screen. – Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 16, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Well Done

I think it was well written and I found myself walking along with these three guys on their journey of self reflection


Excellent movie. Funny, moving, and great actors.

Worst movie ever

Just simply horrid...