The Dead Reviews

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Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's a certain disarming sweetness to the film. The scenes are lit in amber warmth and Joyce's Dublin fable of lost hopes and living memories is treated with respect. But the acting pool is only adequate.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
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
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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.
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A beguiling chamber piece.
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2008
One of cinema's best literary adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 2, 2010
... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 5, 2008
Entirely filmed in a Californian warehouse, The Dead features the greatest Irish cast ever assembled on screen.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
February 5, 2008
[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie was Huston's last and it's a great culminating work. As such, it couldn't be more perfect.

Empire Magazine
March 11, 2008
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