The Loved One
The Loved One (1965)

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,"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 1965
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

The corpse's laughter, the mortician's art

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Chuck O'Leary

As tame as it is lame...The only thing that offended me about this movie is how it wasted two hours of my life.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Misfire spoof on LA's funeral industry, American greed and Brits in Hollywood.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis tries to cover too much ground with too much material that is simply too obvious and too unfunny.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Provided comedian Jonathan Winters with the only good turn the movies ever afforded him.

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Alan Dale

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.

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Douglas Pratt

its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A wonderfully, witty satire, with Steiger's performance a riot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Definitely not for everyone. Pitch black comedy with good acting and some trenchant observations will be loved by some and hated by many but it is certainly… More
Aj V
This black comedy is really hilarious for the most part, but it has a couple of boring scenes, so I didn't rate it higher. Overall, I really enjoyed it,… More
Christian C
A very, very funny film featuring everyone famous in 1964. Irreverent and scandalous (at least for the time). The cameo by Liberace is to die for! If… More
Robert C
Evelyn Waugh's clever and at times scathing look at both the film and funeral industries. I find the idea ammusing that the whole concept for the novel… More