Love and Death on Long Island
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Can a stodgy intellectual who regards the 20th century as a waste of time find happiness with an American teen idol who doesn't really know him? That's the question posed in this gentle satiric comedy. Giles De'ath (John Hurt), who takes great pains to remind people that his surname is pronounced "Day-ath," is a well-regarded British author whose wife passed away a decade ago. Since then, Giles has retreated into a world of his own; he is thoroughly disinterested in contemporary culture and lives in the 20th century only to the degree that it is absolutely necessary.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Hurt's magnificent and sensitive performance...makes the whole scenario unexpectedly poignant and sweetly sad."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"An irresistible showcase for Hurt."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"quaint and touching"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Funny and unexpectedly touching."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...a slight film, but it's extremely well-acted and darkly funny."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Without John Hurt's magnificent performance, this film would have fallen flat on its face."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"This is John Hurt's movie and he makes the most of a memorable role."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Has its funny moments and is unquestionably a fine vehicle for John Hurt, but its lightweight predictability makes it hard to recommend."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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