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An Englishman in New York
In 1975, John Hurt starred in a BBC television adaptation of Quentin Crisp's autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, playing the flamboyantly gay author and actor, and in 2009 Hurt revisits the role in this comedy-drama based on the latter years of Crisp's life. Crisp rose to fame in the UK following the publication of his memoirs and the success of a one-man show, but when a series of typically frank but witty quips during an interview lead to a public scandal, Crisp is approached by an American talent agent, Connie Clausen (Swoosie Kurtz), who says she can get him work in the United… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Oh yes, John Hurt is Quentin Crisp."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"This fresh look at the gay culture and its desired goals establishes profound insight into what it means to be a true-to-spirit man these days, no matter if he happens to wear a little lipstick and maybe a scarf or two."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"It deserves to be seen for another of Hurt's exquisitely observed performances."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Hurt is so comfortable as Crisp, that he exceeds even the real Quentin Crisp in charm and clueless vulnerability. Hurt adds irony to a scene about gay cloning, because in a sense, we prefer Hurt to the original."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"Falls somewhere between unbearable and fascinating."
‑ Randy Shulman, Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
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