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Love and Death on Long Island (1998)



Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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John Hurt gives a career performance in this wry, offbeat comedy about a stodgy British novelist whose sudden infatuation with an American pop star (Jason Priestley) gives his life a dangerous and exhilarating twist.

Feb 1, 2000

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (5) | DVD (7)

Unfortunately, Hurt is so good that almost everyone around him pales in comparison. Priestley just doesn't have the acting chops to play in the same scenes with him.

May 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Funny and unexpectedly touching.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

A movie about an older man stalking an B-movie actor that he has become obsessed with. It is a funny, odd, and also very sad portrait of a lonely man. A very good, original movie.

May 2, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Hurt's magnificent and sensitive performance...makes the whole scenario unexpectedly poignant and sweetly sad.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

...a slight film, but it's extremely well-acted and darkly funny.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This is John Hurt's movie and he makes the most of a memorable role.

January 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

An irresistible showcase for Hurt.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Without John Hurt's magnificent performance, this film would have fallen flat on its face.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has its funny moments and is unquestionably a fine vehicle for John Hurt, but its lightweight predictability makes it hard to recommend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

quaint and touching

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

It starts with Forster, mister fists and fingers and polished caves with
infinite echoes and mirror reflections, and leaves you with good old Walt
Whitman. I'm not the biggest John Hurt fan, I'll guess, but he lives in this movie. And Jason Priestly? Whoa. Who would have thought he could be this good? His character says he's sick of playing the teenage idol. Hmmm. He delivers that line with great authenticity. Quite a commentary on his past acting life perhaps? Don't know. Just guessing.
March 23, 2006

Super Reviewer

Fascinating and moving low-budget film with a very well judged performance from John Hurt as a novelist and widower out of touch with the 'modern world' (such as it was in the 1990s), who finds himself attracted to a Hollywood star of terrible films (Jason Priestly on good form). The film charts Gerald De'ath's initial attraction to borderline obsession as he flies to Long Island in the hopes of meeting with the object of his affection, with by turns funny, warm and sad results. Love and Death on Long Island has an admittedly televisual feel and a small scope but remains an impressive film and has a fascinatingly enigmatic ending.
September 21, 2011

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