The Long Day Closes
The Long Day Closes (1992)

Terence Davies' blissful, evocative and non-narrative follow-up to his Distant Voices, Still Lives follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack), in impressionistic snatches of his everyday existence growing up… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 12, 1992
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1994
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

[An] exquisite, impressionistic, largely autobiographical reverie ...

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Davies keeps looking back until it hurts, and that's where his art begins.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An inventive and lovely celebration of what director Terence Davies calls " the poetry of the ordinary."

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments...

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Emanuel Levy

Though not as fully realized and touching as the original masterpiece of Distant Voices, the sequel is very much worth seeing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This film is a love letter to the cinema.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

[T]hough his work is always suffused with melancholy, the predominate feeling of The Long Day Closes is one of deep, enveloping love for the music, movies, and comforts of his youth.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The Long Day Closes posits its pubescent protagonist as a tiny camera absorbing and transforming the reality all around him.

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Stella Dallas
a lyrical ode to a boy's love for cinema, incorporating songs from the 50s and dialogue from classic hollywood films. it's a unique approach,… More
John Ballantine
Wasn't that big of a fan of Distant Voices, Still Lives but I liked this look at Bud. Interesting issues of growing up gay in an intolerant time.
Cassandra Maples
If you see poetry as a way of looking at life- a particular awareness or appreciation perhaps- then this film is about as close as you can get to a… More
Alec Barniskis
I may not have grown up in Liverpool in the 1950s but yeah, this is exactly what it feels like to be a sad lonely gay kid from a very Catholic family who takes… More
William Sleet
A follow up to the excellent 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' and, for me, an even better film. I haven't seen either film for many years but both… More