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Long Day's Journey Into Night Reviews

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November 10, 2017
Another masterpiece from Sidney Lumet. A family with addictions descend into dark territory as a day progresses into night. Utterly mesmerising, only Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf possibly beats this for the dark humour and drink sodden atmosphere. Four world renowned actors at the very top of their game.
½ October 23, 2017
An extraordinary cast led by a tour de force performance from Katharine Hepburn bring the ultimate Eugene O'Neil play to the screen with terrific authenticity.
½ September 3, 2017
A minimalist character study of a dysfunctional family in 1912 New England. Aging actor Ralph Richardson and his reclusive wife Katharine Hepburn spend their days and nights at a summer home. One day they get together with their two sons (Jason Robards, Jr. and Dean Stockwell) and a hefty amount of skeletons begin to fall out of each one's closet. Hepburn is called out for being a dope addict, Richardson for being a great failure, Robards for being an alcoholic, and Stockwell for being too sickly. The dialogue is sharp and vivid and the performances, however stagey, are first-rate. Hepburn's ramblings make you feel as if she actually became a morphine addict while filming and the barbs between Robards and Stockwell are tense and draining. The film takes place throughout one day and into one night. Make no mistake that this is a lengthy picture but also well worth the time.
½ October 18, 2015
Top-notch acting performances aptly convey the somber spirit of Eugene O'Neill's famous play, based on the playwright's dysfunctional family life. Hepburn, Richardson, Robards, and Stockwell are all up to the challenge of bringing to life his wonderfully written characters. This is truly an actor's film and all are allotted plenty of room to create these characters.
½ May 30, 2015
Sidney Lumet's adaptation is harmed by the fact that it never feels cinematic. The power of this movie comes from the exceptional performances -- particularly Hepburn and Robards. You can't take your eye off of either of them.
½ October 29, 2014
Maybe a little too overwritten and staged, the movie boasts some very good performances from the four main actors. Dean Stockwell seems to channel Montgomery Clift, and Jason Robards is very Bogart-esque. Richardson and Hepburn are also good. The movie also perhaps goes on a little too long, the bitterness gets exhausting after a while.
½ August 22, 2014
Nothing like the classics. This movie is a study of the revolving decline of a dysfunctional family. Great acting.
August 29, 2013
Such a gripping movie where the whole cast drags you into the characters lives. It's exhausting to watch because it's so realistic like you're actually there!
March 14, 2013
Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of the most depressing and dark films I've ever seen, and it is also one of the finest dramas I've ever seen. Though the film is nearly three hours long, time flew by for while watching it because it is such a fascinating family drama that has many layers to its small cast of characters. It's a film that focuses on everything from drug addiction to alcoholism to crushed hopes and dreams, and it is explored beautifully and tragically. It's a deeply depressing, dark, and beautifully made film. There are no happy endings in this film, only sadness and bleakness. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy their films dark.
February 22, 2013
Doesn't quite stand up to the transition to the screen or the transition to more modern film making. Theres a few too many cheesy soliloquys but some interesting themes. I could imagine this being quite daring in it's day. And offcourse anything by Sidney Lumet is always worth a watch.
October 26, 2012
I saw it before...at the movies.
½ February 17, 2012
Hepburn of course is the main highlight of the movie but fortunately the other 3 actors are tremendously talented too !
The 3 hours are mainly dialogues and as the film goes on in the house, a "huis-clos", the spectator feels as trapped as the characters, especially Mary of course. This creates an uneasy clostrophobia mood and manage to keep us from being utterly bored.
The relationships and psychology of every member of this addicted family (alcohol for the boys, morphine for the mother)-all of it revolving around the mother- is fascinating to watch..In the end ..every one of them is too self-centered to truthfully help one antoher and alleviate the pain they all bare.
July 24, 2011
Classic film version of Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece dealing with family frailties and relationships. Pitch perfect performances by all.
½ April 29, 2011
Sure, the title is familiar, but I actually didn't have a clue what this story was about, so it was great watching this and seeing everything unravel. Man, what a cast, the four actors were all brilliant. When the first character's big scene came I thought, that's it, they're best thing about this movie. But then the next character's big scene came. And then the next. And then the next. Sure, it's obvious watching this that it's based on a play, but that not too important, this is a film to watch if you wanna see brilliant acting. Katharine Hepburn was excellent, though I'll admit that my roommate and I couldn't stop making fun of her gigantic bun, it was like it had a life of its own. But anyway, pretty amazing film.
½ April 9, 2011
Lumet's film of O'Neill's masterpiece is one of the most faithful and well-executed screen adaptations ever due to Boris Kaufman's landmark cinematography and superlative ensemble of Ralph Richardson, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell.
January 4, 2011

Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother (Hepburn), a father (Richardson) who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor and an older brother (Robards) who is emotionally unstable and a misfit. The family is reflected by the youngest son (Stockwell), who is a sensitive and aspiring writer.
Slow, especially in the middle, but the end picks up steam and the cast is good.

James Tyrone: [Edmund has just recited a piece of poetry] You recite it well... Who wrote it?
Edmund Tyrone: Baudelaire.
James Tyrone: [Dismissively] Never heard of him. Where you get your taste in authors...
James Tyrone: [Motioning to Edmund's bookshelves] This damned library of yours: Voltaire and Rousseau and Schopenhauer. And Ibsen... Atheists, fools and madmen! And your poet, this... "Baudelaire." And Swinburne, and Oscar Wilde. Whitman and Poe... Whoremongers and degenerates! When I've got three good sets of Shakespeare there you can read...
Edmund Tyrone: They say he was a souse, too.
James Tyrone: They lie. I don't doubt he liked his glass - it's a good man's failing - but he knew how to drink that it didn't poison his mind with morbidness and filth. Don't compare him with the pack you've got here. Your dirty Zola. And your...
James Tyrone: [Picking up one of Edmund's books and dismissively flipping through the pages] ... Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who was a dope fiend, a... hmm.
Edmund Tyrone: [Bemused at his father's sudden discomfort] Perhaps it would be wise to change the subject.
December 29, 2010
The cruel abuse of [i]Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?[/i] without the rapier wit or the funny. And just a smidgen more realistic. The elliptical behaviour the younger James (abuse, apology, abuse) is so incredibly frustrating, but familiar. The cast is roundly excellent, with Ralph Richardson's haughty indignation finally giving way into something much more heartbreaking in his later moments. Technically, it's a marvel - anyone who complains that this is "stagey" obviously isn't paying enough attention to how it's directed. Those final shots are staggering.
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