'Latter Days' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   53 reviews
  • Dave Kehr New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    This gay romantic melodrama draws on an unconscionable number of conventions, but works in the end because of its commitment to its characters and a handful of fine performances.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's timely, not to mention refreshing, to see an affirmation of true love over hot sex, along with a reminder that the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Such a well-meaning but unambitious work that it's tempting to take it seriously even as you dismiss it.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ed Halter Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Pilots its culture-challenging raison d'etre through an increasingly insufferable collection of gaysploitation conventions.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Charles Ealy Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Despite the inherent cliches, Latter Days manages to rise above its formulaic plot, mainly because of the assured performance by Mr. Sandvoss.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Everyone in this movie has been ordered off the shelf from the Stock Characters Store, and none of them wandered in from real life.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Surprisingly dowdy-looking, shot more like a scruffy little naturalistic slice of alternative L.A. life than the star-crossed lover's daydream it mostly is.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This sitcom setup is as bad as it sounds, and Cox never really surmounts it.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    A fairly flat, predictable tale.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    A coming-of-age, coming-out, romantic comedy, religious intolerance flick, and if that sounds a bit crowded, that's because it is.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, again trades heavily in stereotype and coincidence for his directing debut.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a winning, heartfelt and conflicted piece where the conflicts often resolve themselves in surprising ways.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Cox's screenplay, while occasionally lapsing into the sort of cliches endemic to so many gay-themed films, generally treats its unusual subject matter with dignity and complexity, and the characters are well-drawn and sympathetic.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    At once romantic, earthy and socially critical, Latter Days is a dynamic film filled with humor and pathos.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Blake DePastino Baltimore City Paper
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Film Threat
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • S. James Wegg JWR
    20
    The BIG sex scene starts poorly as the pair, alone at last due to a so-convenient snow storm, efficiently undress themselves as if preparing for a rugby match ...
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    60
    Cox -- who experienced the Mormon view on gay life firsthand -- gets the sort of performances out of his characters that will help you overlook what is cliched about the story.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews
    59
    simple paint-by-the numbers gay themed film that strikes directly at Mormon dogma, but it has a certain charm due mainly to Sandvoss' Herculean efforts
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Kisonak Film Threat
    60
    Ramsey's heartbreak, stock taking and determination to see to it the relationship gets a second chance are as affecting as anything the genre has produced in recent memory.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    63
    Overall generalities about the main characters, a tendency to reveal them through monologue rather than behavior, and a lack of curiosity about the Mormon youth's core beliefs keep Latter Days from feeling genuinely personal or particularly substantive.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jeffrey Bruner Des Moines Register
    40
    The screenplay is efficient to a fault, populated with stock characters.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
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