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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - 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
The screenplay is efficient to a fault, populated with stock characters.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
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
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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
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.
Dean Essner - 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
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy