The Dead Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
The film is a masterpiece, both a worthy translation of James Joyce's story and a wonderful summation of John Huston's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
April 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 2, 2010
... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.
Don Willmott
November 3, 2009
a finely polished jewel and a wonderful way to remember a great director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2009
What redeems Huston's last gasp is the observational framing and agile editing with which the Morkan sisters' soiree is captured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2008
One of cinema's best literary adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jamie Russell
February 5, 2008
[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 5, 2008
Entirely filmed in a Californian warehouse, The Dead features the greatest Irish cast ever assembled on screen.
Peter Bradshaw
February 5, 2008
Fine performances from everyone, and a self-effacing, enigmatic star turn from Anjelica Huston herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2008
There's also a rather awesome and unpretentious directness as well as calmness about the way that Huston contemplates his own rapidly approaching death.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
February 5, 2008
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.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A beguiling chamber piece.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 17, 2005
A true labor of love -- a masterpiece, and perhaps the crowning achievement of a long, varied and highly celebrated career.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 3, 2004
A haunting farewell for father John Huston, a powerhouse acting turn from daughter Anjelica.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 18, 2004
Very faithful Joyce adaptation that's worth sticking with to its powerful end.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5

Empire Magazine
March 11, 2008
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