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The Day of the Locust Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A painfully misconceived reduction and simplification.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The narrative is often confused and confusing.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 7, 2004
Much has been made of the climactic riot scene, which may have seemed novel when Nathanael West first wrote it back in the '30s, but it's just plain goofy when viewed today
| Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2005
The casting choices are brilliant but the production is let down by a haphazard screenplay that misses the novel's point, and weak direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 3, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Schlesinger has conceived his film as an epic, which was a daring thing to do with such slender material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
June 12, 2008
Magnificent production, combined with excellent casting and direction, make The Day of the Locust as fine a film (in a professional sense) as the basic material lets it be.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 9, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Blistering film version of the novel. One of Schlesinger's best works.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
January 2, 2011
John (Midnight Cowboy) Schlesinger's version of Nathanael Hawthorne's powerful novel about Hollywood and its dreamers and losers in the 1930s is not always effective, but it's ambitious, daring, and very well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

May 24, 2003
A fascinating, if flawed, example of the film industry turning the lights on itself and finding nothing there but darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 8, 2012
Accurately captures the intent of West's dark masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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