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.
Dave Kehr - New York Times
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.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Such a well-meaning but unambitious work that it's tempting to take it seriously even as you dismiss it.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Pilots its culture-challenging raison d'etre through an increasingly insufferable collection of gaysploitation conventions.
Ed Halter - Village Voice
- Houston Chronicle
Despite the inherent cliches, Latter Days manages to rise above its formulaic plot, mainly because of the assured performance by Mr. Sandvoss.
Charles Ealy - Dallas Morning News
Everyone in this movie has been ordered off the shelf from the Stock Characters Store, and none of them wandered in from real life.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
This sitcom setup is as bad as it sounds, and Cox never really surmounts it.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A fairly flat, predictable tale.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A coming-of-age, coming-out, romantic comedy, religious intolerance flick, and if that sounds a bit crowded, that's because it is.
Tom Long - Detroit News
- Arizona Republic
Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, again trades heavily in stereotype and coincidence for his directing debut.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a winning, heartfelt and conflicted piece where the conflicts often resolve themselves in surprising ways.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
At once romantic, earthy and socially critical, Latter Days is a dynamic film filled with humor and pathos.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
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Blake DePastino - Baltimore City Paper
- Film Threat
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 ...
S. James Wegg - JWR
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.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
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
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
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.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
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.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The screenplay is efficient to a fault, populated with stock characters.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Cox can be forgiven for getting a little preachy when he makes his point with such an open heart and loving spirit
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
- Orlando Weekly
...Funny, tragic, occasionally cheesy, endearing and ultimately heartwarming, dealing with very serious Christian hypocrisy while holding onto a light, life-embracing tone.
Anita Schmaltz - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
What would happen between a hedonistic fairy and an earnest but curious Mormon?
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Renders its gay and religious characters so stereotypical that neither lifestyle appears attractive.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
The whole Mormon/gay thing would be plenty for one movie without also sticking in AIDS, the betrayal of friends and actors-trying- to-get-their- big-break.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Writer-director C. Jay Cox has created a tender gay love story, and then buries it under shrill diatribes, plot cliches and one-note characters.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Even those who aren't immediately put off by the film's brazen attacks on religion -- and in particular, the LDS Church -- will likely be bored by this clumsy, incredibly contrived comedy, which has little charm.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
Even if the film feels somewhat contrived, stick with it; you'll be rewarded by what it has to say.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
- Baltimore Sun
It's more melodrama than drama or love story, and Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, seems to have never met a stereotype he didn't like.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
[Writer/director C. Jay] Cox deftly explores the links between coincidence and destiny, fate and miracles, love and loss.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Romantic and funny, this story takes a few twists and turn in ways that you don't expect.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
A well-intentioned but horribly trite drama about acceptance and fulfillment that plays like an after-school special with naughty words and sex thrown in.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Although a good deal of what happens is predictable, the writer-director C. Jay Cox makes much of it pleasant.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
The curse of gay cinema is its belief that worn-out movie plots will become interesting if you put gay characters in them. This film takes the curse several steps further.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
a huge copout
Don Willmott - Filmcritic.com
A winky, interminable and rather cringe-inducing manifesto... whose characters stand as crude if attractive types rather than three-dimensional people.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Even as it subscribes to the conventions of modern romantic comedy, it never compromises its characters' truths.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Sounds like the kind of movie that might appeal to, I dunno, maybe all seven openly gay Mormons and not many others.
Valerie Kuklenski - Los Angeles Daily News
It's all very tidy and very tedious and, no matter how much it pretends to take on the world, Days settles for preaching to the choir.
- E! Online
Though the film covers familiar queer-cinema ground, Latter Days' finely observed truths about the painful costs of being yourself make even the contrivance of its happy ending forgivable.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
Despite the frequent obviousness of the script and direction ... the story attains an undeniable, if somewhat soap opera-like, power.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
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