The best thing about Last Flag Flying is that Ethan Hawke is not in it. Otherwise, it's business as usual, and the business is excruciating to get through.
[It] may sound comedy-resistant, but when run up the flagpole you may find yourself saluting.
The best Last Flag Flying can do is offer a subdued salute to a fallen veteran, and that's better than nothing-but there's a tremendous sense of greater potential wasted.
Last Flag Flying is a modest, bittersweet thing of beauty.
It's a major film pitched just above a whisper.
Last Flag Flying is a low-key gem.
There is a pleasingness to the predictability of the film, which stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne as Vietnam veterans.
It dips a few too many times to stand with the filmmaker's best work, and a few asides into 'wacky old person behavior' are regrettable, but this is another solid dramedy from one of our best working filmmakers.
This isn't one of Linklater's storytelling experiments. This is a hang-out movie and - what's more - a deeply heartfelt, American one.