Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2007)

Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle before him, Albert Pierrepoint joins the "family business" in 1934. He rises through the ranks to become the most feared and respected executioner in the country, hanging more… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Adrian Shergold doesn't shy away from the darker elements of the movie's subject, and Timothy Spall is mesmerizing as the title character.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

The very title of this movie seems to message its doom. What could possibly be dramatic enough about Britain's last hangman to carry our interest over a 90-minute film? A whole lot, it turns out.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plodding biopic.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

[The film's] grittiness instantly adds to the historically and socio-economically convincing picture of working-class Yorkshire in the last century.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A suitably sombre treatment of a sombre story, Pierrepoint is nevertheless a riveting drama, sketching out not only the salient facts of Albert Pierrepoint's life but the turmoil in which that life caused in his soul

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie grows more compelling in the latter half as British public opinion turns against capital punishment and Pierrepoint begins to have his own doubts.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Very much a bookend to Vera Drake in its mixture of post war British reserve and ugly reality. [Actor] Spall makes it work, creating a little man with big and terrible secrets.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Albert Pierrepoint single-handedly killed over 450 people in his career, dispatching most of them with an icy precision in less than 30 seconds.

Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Insightful character study of one of Britain's last executioners. In his lifetime, Albert Pierrepoint hung over 600 people, including several Nazi war… More
John Ballantine
Wonderful! Timothy Spall is fabulous as a man performing what was at the time a necessary if highly immoral act.
jay nixon
Excellent performances, particularly Timothy Spall in the lead, highlight this story. A man of deep compassion who was able to perform the job of executioner,… More
Marcus Woolcott
Falls into the same trap as most biopics: brilliant central performance, average everything else.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman" is about Albert Pierrepoint(Timothy Spall), the real life hangman who in over 20 years on the… More

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