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40 Ratings

The Last Thing He Wanted

Directed by Dee Rees
United States, 2020


At the tipping point of the Iran Contra affair’s arms for drugs plot, hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon finds herself on dangerous ground when she abandons coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign to fulfill her bed-ridden father’s last wish.

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The Last Thing He Wanted Directed by Dee Rees

Critics reviews

Hathaway reads the Didion narration like it’s full of words and ideas she’s never heard yet knows are important and literary.
April 26, 2020
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Hathaway’s performance is probably very good. At the very least it seems overqualified. But our sense of Elena as a character is lost in some unbelievably ugly editing.
February 19, 2020
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The big problem with the movie isn’t the muddle, but the strain. A shot of Hathaway half-standing in a corner of a hotel room, limbs limp, bathed in the ever-so-golden light of sunrise through a window, doesn’t hit home so much as hammer the forehead.
February 13, 2020
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