The Day of the Locust
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The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the '30s. It recreates both the town as well as the filmmaking world around which much of the town revolved with devastating accuracy. The movie tells the twin tales of talentless wannabe actress Faye Greener (Karen Black) and Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland), a lovelorn accountant who couldn't care less about movies. Around this framework, a huge and intricate social network is tellingly revealed, until the film's gruesome and tragic ending. Not for those who prefer to hang onto their illusions about the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Magnificent production, combined with excellent casting and direction, make The Day of the Locust as fine a film (in a professional sense) as the basic material lets it be."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A painfully misconceived reduction and simplification."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The casting choices are brilliant but the production is let down by a haphazard screenplay that misses the novel's point, and weak direction."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"A fascinating, if flawed, example of the film industry turning the lights on itself and finding nothing there but darkness."
‑ , Film4
"The narrative is often confused and confusing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Accurately captures the intent of West's dark masterpiece."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Much has been made of the climactic riot scene, which may have seemed novel when Nathanael West first wrote it back in the '30s, but it's just plain goofy when viewed today"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Schlesinger has conceived his film as an epic, which was a daring thing to do with such slender material."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"John (Midnight Cowboy) Schlesinger's version of Nathanael Hawthorne's powerful novel about Hollywood and its dreamers and losers in the 1930s is not always effective, but it's ambitious, daring, and very well acted."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Blistering film version of the novel. One of Schlesinger's best works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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