Love and Death on Long Island
Love and Death on Long Island (1998)

John Hurt gives a career performance in this wry, offbeat comedy about a stodgy British novelist whose sudden infatuation with an American pop star (Jason Priestley) gives his life a dangerous and exhilarating twist.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 1, 2000
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57%

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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Unfortunately, Hurt is so good that almost everyone around him pales in comparison. Priestley just doesn't have the acting chops to play in the same scenes with him.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Hurt's magnificent and sensitive performance...makes the whole scenario unexpectedly poignant and sweetly sad.

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

An irresistible showcase for Hurt.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Funny and unexpectedly touching.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a slight film, but it's extremely well-acted and darkly funny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Without John Hurt's magnificent performance, this film would have fallen flat on its face.

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Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A movie about an older man stalking an B-movie actor that he has become obsessed with. It is a funny, odd, and also very sad portrait of a lonely man. A very good, original movie.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

This is John Hurt's movie and he makes the most of a memorable role.

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Has its funny moments and is unquestionably a fine vehicle for John Hurt, but its lightweight predictability makes it hard to recommend.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Steve K
Hurt is superb.
Lanning : )
It starts with Forster, mister fists and fingers and polished caves with infinite echoes and mirror reflections, and leaves you with good old Walt Whitman.… More
Daniel Parsons
Fascinating and moving low-budget film with a very well judged performance from John Hurt as a novelist and widower out of touch with the 'modern… More