Late Night

Late Night

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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
88%
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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.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

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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.

3.0
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Vulture

Vulture

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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

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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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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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

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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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

0
Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

1
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

1
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

So formula & predictable but without enough wit and comedy to pull it through. The script let this down with comedy that wasnt funny. Disappointing & even Emma Thompson couldnt make it worthwhile

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

1
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

1
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

So formula & predictable but without enough wit and comedy to pull it through. The script let this down with comedy that wasnt funny. Disappointing & even Emma Thompson couldnt make it worthwhile

2.0
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