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‘The Last Face’: Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut

'The Last Face': Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut

Though Sean Penn is best known for his storied acting career, garnering acclaim for performances in films like “Milk,” “Mystic River,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” but he’s also received acclaim for his directorial work dating back to his 1991 debut film “The Indian Runner.” His 2007 film “Into The Wild,” an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name about Christopher McCandless’s trek in the Alaskan wilderness, was nominated for a slew of awards and was a commercial success. But his latest film “The Last Face,” about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to some of the worst reviews of his career. Though Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” received a few boos and Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” a highly polarized reaction, “The Last Face” is considered by many to be the worst film of the festival bar none. Indiewire’s own Eric Kohn gave it a D, calling it Penn’s “worst movie” and “the cinematic equivalent of a Nicolas Kristof op-ed stuffed into the atmosphere of a Gabriel García Márquez novel, doing a disservice to both traditions.”

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Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney called it a “self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn”; The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee says that it’s an “extended Band Aid video” that’s a “staggering misfire for everyone involved”; and Telegraph’s Tim Robey says it’s so bad that “it wouldn’t be at all surprising if [Penn’s] old pal Bono showed up to lend a hand, flying over by private jet to drop some personalized aid packages. But then the hopeful orphans would open these, and they’d only contain CDs of ‘The Joshua Tree.'”

Ahead of more full reviews, here are some reactions from Twitter:

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