Late Night

Late Night

Late Night

Emma Thompson stars as a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show in this comedy written by Mindy Kaling (The Office), who also co-stars as the show's new writer.

Legendary late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury's (Thompson) world is turned upside down when she hires her first female staff writer. Originally intended to address workplace diversity concerns, her decision backfires as the two women separated by culture and a generation are united by their love of comedy.

2019Rating: M, Coarse language and sexual references102 minsUSA
Comedy

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Late Night / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Cleverly skewering the whims of pop culture, casual racism and systemic sexism with a big grin, Late Night keeps the audience on side, landing political points and punchlines with equal aplomb.

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Stuff

Stuff

Enough entertaining moments and on-point humour to make Late Night worth an evening out to see.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's telling that The Devil Wears Prada, the closest thematic comparison to Kaling's scenario, feels more fearless and timely, even though it's 13 years old.

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Vulture

Vulture

What makes Late Night - otherwise a largely predictable story in a familiar mold - really pop is Kaling's script, which is at the blunter and frankly more exciting spectrum of what Kaling has proven herself to be capable of in her writing career thus far.

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Variety

Variety

With her declarative snap and ability to go for the jugular, Thompson truly seems like a born talk-show host. Even when she's just riffing, she grounds "Late Night" in something real.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Director Nisha Ganatra doesn't do much visually but she adroitly works around Kaling's stand-and-deliver acting and gives Thompson the room she needs to turn a cliché into a striking character.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

It's such a thorough, and thoroughly winning, performance that I was left wondering why Emma Thompson hasn't been the star of every other movie for the last 25 years.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An amusing conventional comedy about two women's struggles in late night TV.

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Vulture

Vulture

What makes Late Night - otherwise a largely predictable story in a familiar mold - really pop is Kaling's script, which is at the blunter and frankly more exciting spectrum of what Kaling has proven herself to be capable of in her writing career thus far.

Full review
Variety

Variety

With her declarative snap and ability to go for the jugular, Thompson truly seems like a born talk-show host. Even when she's just riffing, she grounds "Late Night" in something real.

Full review
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

It's such a thorough, and thoroughly winning, performance that I was left wondering why Emma Thompson hasn't been the star of every other movie for the last 25 years.

Full review
Time Out

Time Out

It's telling that The Devil Wears Prada, the closest thematic comparison to Kaling's scenario, feels more fearless and timely, even though it's 13 years old.

Full review
The New York Times

The New York Times

The director Nisha Ganatra doesn't do much visually but she adroitly works around Kaling's stand-and-deliver acting and gives Thompson the room she needs to turn a cliché into a striking character.

Full review
The Guardian

The Guardian

While Late Night wants to be loved, instead it will have to settle for being liked.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An amusing conventional comedy about two women's struggles in late night TV.

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