Roger EbertFull Review Very Good a feel-good movie - in the best sense - with subversive commentary woven into it, so subtly at times you might miss some of it. "Late Night" has a lot to say... "Late Night" comes directly from Kaling's own experiences. This is an earnest and funny comedy, with very sharp teeth.
USA TodayFull Review Good ...doesn't go for cheap laughs, but instead wields incisive barbs to successfully make its point. ...while the movie is super-topical...it's razor-sharp satire doesn't go full throttle in taking the toxic culture to task and leans more predictable than biting in the end.
NY PostFull Review Good Kaling's script addresses issues such as sexism in the #MeToo era, ageism and racial prejudice in her disarmingly light and sneaky way. Kaling and Thompson, for the most part, embody the personas you know and love them for.
The GuardianFull Review Very Good ...warm and witty comedy... At heart, Late Night is a romcom and, like so many romcoms, the funny stuff recedes after the first act, as the plot and its relatability imperative gets into gear.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 31 moviegoers:
TEENS: The one female loved "Late Night."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: The male reviews are good, but not great. Forty-percent loved it with another 20% indicating that they enjoyed "Late Night" very much. The remaining 40% enjoyed it but didn't think it was great. The female reviews are great. Nearly half loved it with another 40% indicating they enjoyed it very much. Only about 10% rated it a bit on the low side.
Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newberry (Oscar winner Emma Thompson) is
a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on
late night, she keeps her writers' room on a short leash - and all male. But
when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a "woman who hates women,"
Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly
Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant efficiency expert from suburban
Pennsylvania, as the first and only female on her writing staff.
With rumors swirling that Katherine is being replaced by a younger, hipper
male host, she demands that the writers make her funny and relevant again. A
lifelong fan, Molly is determined to prove she's not just a diversity hire, but
the one person who can turn her idol's career around. Going against everything
Katherine has staked her reputation on, she urges her to make the show more
contemporary, authentic and personal, a move that could make Molly's career - or
send her back to the chemical plant for good.