An Englishman in New York
An Englishman in New York (2009)

In 1975, John Hurt starred in a BBC television adaptation of Quentin Crisp's autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, playing the flamboyantly gay author and actor, and in 2009 Hurt revisits the role in this comedy-drama based on the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages.

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S. James Wegg

Oh yes, John Hurt is Quentin Crisp.

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Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine

This fresh look at the gay culture and its desired goals establishes profound insight into what it means to be a true-to-spirit man these days, no matter if he happens to wear a little lipstick and maybe a scarf or two.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

It deserves to be seen for another of Hurt's exquisitely observed performances.

Phil Hall

Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp.

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Adam Lippe

Hurt is so comfortable as Crisp, that he exceeds even the real Quentin Crisp in charm and clueless vulnerability. Hurt adds irony to a scene about gay cloning, because in a sense, we prefer Hurt to the original.

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Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Falls somewhere between unbearable and fascinating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
What's so eerie (and you can see this is Resident Alien when they chat with each other) is that by this film, John Hurt has gotten better at playing… More
Sunil Jawahir
Not nearly as interesting as the Naked Civil Servant but John Hurt's performance is even better and it is a must see for him.