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½ October 18, 2015
Top-notch acting performances aptly convey the somber spirit of Eugene O'Neill's famous play, based on the playwright's dysfunctional family life. Hepburn, Richardson, Robards, and Stockwell are all up to the challenge of bringing to life his wonderfully written characters. This is truly an actor's film and all are allotted plenty of room to create these 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 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.
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.
October 26, 2012
I saw it before...at the movies.
½ February 17, 2012
Hepburn of course is the main highlight of the movie but fortunately the other 3 actors are tremendously talented too !
The 3 hours are mainly dialogues and as the film goes on in the house, a "huis-clos", the spectator feels as trapped as the characters, especially Mary of course. This creates an uneasy clostrophobia mood and manage to keep us from being utterly bored.
The relationships and psychology of every member of this addicted family (alcohol for the boys, morphine for the mother)-all of it revolving around the mother- is fascinating to watch..In the end ..every one of them is too self-centered to truthfully help one antoher and alleviate the pain they all bare.
July 17, 2011
Classic film version of Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece dealing with family frailties and relationships. Pitch perfect performances by all.
½ November 10, 2010
Lumet's film of O'Neill's masterpiece is one of the most faithful and well-executed screen adaptations ever due to Boris Kaufman's landmark cinematography and superlative ensemble of Ralph Richardson, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell.
December 29, 2010
The cruel abuse of [i]Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?[/i] without the rapier wit or the funny. And just a smidgen more realistic. The elliptical behaviour the younger James (abuse, apology, abuse) is so incredibly frustrating, but familiar. The cast is roundly excellent, with Ralph Richardson's haughty indignation finally giving way into something much more heartbreaking in his later moments. Technically, it's a marvel - anyone who complains that this is "stagey" obviously isn't paying enough attention to how it's directed. Those final shots are staggering.
May 21, 2010
Very good adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play.
March 21, 2010
Probably O"Neill's most personal play brought to the screen with flawless performances and perfect direction. All of the cast is Excellent. Hepburn's descent into a drug-induced hell is memorable.
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 July 31, 2009
i think it one of the best ,maybe the best play in theater by Eugene O Neil ...i leave behind the very known conversation about if you can make films great plays from theater ...anyway those years we had many and very good films based on magnificent theatrical plays . For example we had many films from plays by Tennessee Williams { smoke on the water } here very good actors
a full talents director and the rest cast , product a nice film .
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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.
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