Long Day's Journey Into Night Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 11, 2009
Extremely well acted filmed version of the Eugene O'Neill play. The problem is that there is so much going on and so much character drama that it is a little draining. It's like Magnolia if it was still three hours and happened at one house. Jason Robards is fantastic and I loved the stuff between him and Dean Stockwell who is also great. Hepburn has her moments, but some of it seems overacting to say the least. Interesting because it's one of Lumet's first and the camera movement keeps you interested.
Super Reviewer
½ November 23, 2008
"long day's journey into night" is faithfully adapted from eugene o'neill's semi-autobiographical play which is also his greatest work alive, and it deepens further upon katherine hepburn's prestige as a versatile accomplished actress since she again receives academy award nomination for it. frequently i tackle into the issue of purist notion of dialogue-driven movies as the supreme essence of cinema, and "long day's journey into night" would be a perfect exemplification with a masterful script as well as its refined stagy casting. but the film lacks public appeal due to its thick element of constant dialogue-focus as well as its unflattering 3 hour screen time, to enable the film's production, hepburn had to reduce her own payment for this exasperatingly heavy role, and she made it but under one condition: the movie has to be meticulously devout to its original play.

the story's basically about the collapse of a problematic family addled with morphine addiction, alcoholism, capitalist money-slavery, unreconciled pessismism upon death gravitated by consumption illness. the sceneries whirl around the haunting phatom of past memories as the fog forshadows every misery into the belligerent darkness of nightmarish hell, each character imprisioned by his/her tragic flaws and the unredeemed mistakes made in the past.

dean stockwell who plays the youngest son inflicted with consumption demonstrates an amazing horrowingly melancholic attribute which could emulate james dean, whose youthful good looks inspires your ideal personification of a depressed poet once as he frowns.

the flick has a strong claustrophic atmosphere with fixed backset and four steady actors constantly upstaging each other with the uncanny puncturality. if you're a cinema purist with a virtue of patience to read into dialogues, "long day's journey into night" would be a gem to elaborate your mind's empathetic capacity for life's poetic sorrow of dacadence.
Super Reviewer
June 3, 2008
It's so engrossing but EXHAUSTING to watch. It's good but I probably wouldn't watch it again because it made me so depressed during the entire three hours. Lumet is NO STOPS, man.
Super Reviewer
½ April 4, 2007
Dark, powerfully acted film, long but worthwhile.
Super Reviewer
½ August 24, 2010
Since the film is based on one of the the finest plays ever written, it would have at least been decent, but Sidney Lumet created a near masterpiece. It might be Katharine Hepburn's finest hour dramatically and the rest of the cast is just as equally fantastic.
Super Reviewer
July 11, 2009
You watch this one for just the great performances and monologues, but it can get grating with all the nonstop talking. I would've like a it more brevity and emotion rather than just talking it out, but, you have to consider the source as well. This is a play about people how only hint at their emotions and always rationalize.
Super Reviewer
September 13, 2007
Another drama about family that's a little upsetting but pretty good.
½ November 24, 2011
Maybe a little too overwritten and staged, the movie boasts some very good performances from the four main actors. Dean Stockwell seems to channel Montgomery Clift, and Jason Robards is very Bogart-esque. Richardson and Hepburn are also good. The movie also perhaps goes on a little too long, the bitterness gets exhausting after a while.
July 17, 2011
Classic film version of Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece dealing with family frailties and relationships. Pitch perfect performances by all.
½ October 17, 2009
An intense look into the lives of a married couple as a night unravels. Bitingly realistic and harsh, Elizabeth Taylor gives the performance of a lifetime.
August 8, 2009
Very long and at times tedious, but it's also brilliantly acted and written. Sidney Lumet does a fine job directing, and does amazingly well. Being Eugene O'Neill, it is major depressing. Excessively talky, good sets and costumes.
½ March 24, 2007
A long movie's journey into bordem. This movie is soo painfully long and boring, and I really like Katherine Hepburn. Just.. do someting else. Spend time with your family. It will be better.
½ March 2, 2007
Top-notch acting performances aptly convey the somber spirit of Eugene O'Neill's famous play, based on the playwright's dysfunctional family upbringing. Hepburn, Richardson, Robards, and Stockwell are all great in bringing to life his wonderfully written characters.
½ May 30, 2015
Sidney Lumet's adaptation is harmed by the fact that it never feels cinematic. The power of this movie comes from the exceptional performances -- particularly Hepburn and Robards. You can't take your eye off of either of them.
½ August 22, 2014
Nothing like the classics. This movie is a study of the revolving decline of a dysfunctional family. Great acting.
November 23, 2012
Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of the most depressing and dark films I've ever seen, and it is also one of the finest dramas I've ever seen. Though the film is nearly three hours long, time flew by for while watching it because it is such a fascinating family drama that has many layers to its small cast of characters. It's a film that focuses on everything from drug addiction to alcoholism to crushed hopes and dreams, and it is explored beautifully and tragically. It's a deeply depressing, dark, and beautifully made film. There are no happy endings in this film, only sadness and bleakness. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy their films dark.
January 25, 2013
Doesn't quite stand up to the transition to the screen or the transition to more modern film making. Theres a few too many cheesy soliloquys but some interesting themes. I could imagine this being quite daring in it's day. And offcourse anything by Sidney Lumet is always worth a watch.
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