The Long Good Friday
The Long Good Friday (1982)

In a gripping and often violent drama about the London underworld and the Irish Republican Army, a leading gangster comes up against more than he can handle. Harold (Bob Hoskins) is a powerful mob boss whose turf covers the London… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

In many respects a conventional thriller set in London's underworld, The Long Good Friday is much more densely plotted and intelligently scripted than most such yarns.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs. [Blu-ray]

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Although The Long Good Friday is firmly rooted in a very different era -- early 1980s Britain is another country entirely -- the film still feels fresh and uncompromisingly tough.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its representation of Christ's modern-day doppelganger as a grubby little crimelord is certainly compelling.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive. Shand is an evil, cruel, sadistic man. But he's a mass of contradictions, and there are times when we understand him so completely we almost feel affectionate.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A conventional Brit thriller that's moderately entertaining.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

John Mackenzie directs this cornerstone of the British gangster genre with a minimum of flash and a dash of grim realism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The Long Good Friday is Hoskins' break out performance and it's no surprise as to why. He inhabits the role of Harold Shand with such passion that we… More
Cassandra Maples
At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Well deserving of its many accolades, Friday is one cheery holiday weekend with Brit crimelord Bob Hoskins (in a juggernaut performance worthy of all the… More
Daniel Mumby
The Long Good Friday is part of a fascinating breed of films which are simultaneously of their time and completely ahead of the curve. It is the near-perfect… More
Randy Tippy
Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a kick-ass ending.
Pierluigi Puccini
Hard-hitting and brutal. Only second to "get carter" in the podium of the best british gangster films. The short but fierce bulldog-like figure of Bob… More