The Loved One
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The satire in Evelyn Waugh's darkly comic novel The Loved One was originally double-edged. The book was not only an attack on the Southern California funeral industry but also a lampoon of Hollywood's "British colony," those clannish, cricket-playing English actors of years gone by who bemoaned the artificiality of Tinseltown while eagerly accepting the demeaning and insignificant movie roles they were offered. The film version of The Loved One, anxious to live up to its ad-campaign promise of containing "something to offend everybody," downplays the British-colony… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"The corpse's laughter, the mortician's art"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"As tame as it is lame...The only thing that offended me about this movie is how it wasted two hours of my life."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Based on Evelyn Waugh's personal novel about his epxeriences when he came to the U.S. about MGM filming BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. It's his take on the English colony at the time. For more info., see Boo Allen's doctoral dissertation on Waugh."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"sarcastic and in deliciously poor taste, and terribly funny"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Misfire spoof on LA's funeral industry, American greed and Brits in Hollywood."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
" tries to cover too much ground with too much material that is simply too obvious and too unfunny."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Provided comedian Jonathan Winters with the only good turn the movies ever afforded him."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Perhaps the only way to enjoy it is to accept that saying something offensive is better than saying nothing at all. The Evelyn Waugh who wrote The Loved One might have agreed with that, at any rate."
‑ Alan Dale,
"its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A wonderfully, witty satire, with Steiger's performance a riot."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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