Just about everything works in this small and surprisingly hopeful film, with beautifully attenuated performances by Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, who slip into the characters Hopkins has sewn for them like an old sweater.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
Slight but utterly charming...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
...the heart of the film is its love story, with two characters it's very easy to care about.
—John Anderson Variety
...a sweet, low-key comedy...
—Leah Rozen People
...a losers-in-love comedy with no big surprises...
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...there's something irresistible about watching two people fall in love, even in contrived, sniffle- and sometimes gag-inducing films like Last Chance Harvey...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
A film so mild-mannered it only occasionally registers a pulse...
—Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com
...unambitious and overtly sentimental...
—Aaron Hillis Village Voice
By film's end, Harvey is ready to live even as you're ready to die.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine