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The Last Letter From Your Lover

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United Kingdom · 2021
1h 50m
Director Augustine Frizzell
Starring Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn
Genre Drama, Romance

The lives of two women living in London more than 40 years apart are interwoven in this romantic drama. In the 1960s, Jennifer, a housewife suffering from memory loss, discovers a series of letters from a former lover. In the present, those same letters are found by Ellie, an unlucky-in-love reporter determined to piece together Jennifer’s love story.

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The Guardian by Adrian Horton

The central romance here is, on paper, a love for the ages, a story of all-consuming passion. It’s not quite so in practice.


The New York Times by Beatrice Loayza

In short, it too efficiently glosses over multiple plotlines to have much of an emotional impact. What remains are mostly generic beats. Still, the formula is engrossing enough, and its midcentury vintage appeal — the pillbox hats, headscarves and swanky soirees — is particularly seductive.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Frizzell tackles the period portion of the saga with some directorial verve, committing to its saturated, hyper-styled romanticism and shameless storytelling contrivance to a degree that is all but irresistible — and unfortunately leaves the remainder of the film feeling anonymous and less involving by comparison.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

[The] story never fully comes into focus. You catch glimpses of it in between the busy, mechanical lurchings of the plot, in the swirling movement of a camera pan and the ardent commitment of the actors.


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

At best, it’s a suitable companion piece to the novel; at worst, it’s a lackluster feature bolstered only briefly by flashes of real human emotion.


The A.V. Club by Leila Latif

What the adaptation has going for it is two charismatic young stars, Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley, pitching in to tell an enjoyable but extremely conventional story.


The Playlist by Marya E. Gates

Ultimately The Last Letter From Your Lover is exactly like the beach read from which it was adapted: lavish, breezy, and inconsequential.


Time by Stephanie Zacharek

Even when the story falters, or becomes astonishingly silly, there’s still plenty to keep you gazing at the surface.

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