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The Last Movie Star

HD   R Closed Captioning

Adam Rifkin

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About the Movie

Burt Reynolds stars as an aging screen icon who gets lured into accepting an award at a rinky-dink film festival in Nashville, launching him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The director Adam Rifkin wrote this showcase for Mr. Reynolds, who, like Vic, was a college football player. "The Last Movie Star" effectively allows the ever-assured actor to score a touchdown on an empty field. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Mar 29, 2018

Rotten: In a threadbare movie that doesn't deserve him, Burt Reynolds-playing a fictional version of himself- reminds us what a great actor he can be. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 30, 2018

Fresh: Thanks to its star's all-in commitment, the overtly maudlin film works better than it should ... – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 29, 2018

Fresh: As a commentary on Reynolds' career trajectory, The Last Movie Star is hit-or-miss. What is undeniable, though, is the space Rifkin has created where Reynolds can do what Reynolds does best. – Sheila O'Malley,, Mar 30, 2018

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Customer Reviews


Exactly what you want it to be and so much more! I couldn't imagine anyone else in this role of a former star coming to the end of his life and wondering what it's all about. Mr Reynolds shows us fans the other side of the show business mirror and (SPOILER) comes out smiling at the end!

Burt at his Best

In The Last Movie Star, Burt Reynolds finally eliminates any doubt there ever might have been about his ability to act. In a film where he essentially plays himself, he becomes more honest and more vulnerable than we’ve ever seen him. As always, we never catch him acting. And yet, he is.

I predict this film will be remembered as Burt Reynolds’ finest performance. Kudos to writer/director Adam Rifkin for giving generations of younger moviegoers a chance to appreciate the biggest movie star there ever was or will be.

Worth it just to watch Burt

They could’ve done the whole film of present day Burt commenting and talking to his past self, and I would’ve given it five stars. Just as the film suggests, people don’t realize what a phenomenon Burt Reynolds has been. Great to see him in this film and hope to see him in more to come.

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