• Dead, The
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Dead Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

A personal film for John Huston, starring daughter Anjelica and adapted to the screen by son Tony, this very last work evokes beautifully the mood and texture of James Joyce's lyrical story.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 15, 2012
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

June 2, 2010
Don Willmott

a finely polished jewel and a wonderful way to remember a great director.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 3, 2009
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

What redeems Huston's last gasp is the observational framing and agile editing with which the Morkan sisters' soiree is captured.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of cinema's best literary adaptations.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

June 22, 2008

[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Entirely filmed in a Californian warehouse, The Dead features the greatest Irish cast ever assembled on screen.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 5, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Fine performances from everyone, and a self-effacing, enigmatic star turn from Anjelica Huston herself.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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There's also a rather awesome and unpretentious directness as well as calmness about the way that Huston contemplates his own rapidly approaching death.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 5, 2008
Variety Staff
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A well-crafted miniature, this dramatization of the Joyce story directly addresses the theme of how the 'shades' from 'that other world' can still live in those who still walk the earth.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 5, 2008
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A beguiling chamber piece.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A true labor of love -- a masterpiece, and perhaps the crowning achievement of a long, varied and highly celebrated career.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 17, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A haunting farewell for father John Huston, a powerhouse acting turn from daughter Anjelica.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 3, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Dead celebrates the beauty of the English language, the challenges of marital love and the intimations of mortality which can bring us back to an exaltation of life.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

August 28, 2004
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Very faithful Joyce adaptation that's worth sticking with to its powerful end.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2004

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This sublime adaptation of the last story in James Joyce's Dubliners is John Huston's final film, and it is as beautiful, delicate, and moving an epitaph as any filmmaker could ever desire.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003


Swansong's rarely come more sublime.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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That Huston should have dared search for the story's cinema life is astonishing. That he should have found it with such seeming ease is the mark of a master.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Huston was an old man when he died, but he had not withered dismally with age because he still had the courage and the imagination to attempt to make an impossible film of the greatest story that he had ever read.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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The movie was Huston's last and it's a great culminating work. As such, it couldn't be more perfect.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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