The Day of the Locust Reviews

December 4, 2019
The problems with casting and characterization are only symptomatic of a deeper problem - a lack of understanding of what the story is all about.
May 8, 2012
Accurately captures the intent of West's dark masterpiece.
January 2, 2011
John (Midnight Cowboy) Schlesinger's version of Nathanael Hawthorne's powerful novel about Hollywood and its dreamers and losers in the 1930s is not always effective, but it's ambitious, daring, and very well acted.
June 12, 2008
Magnificent production, combined with excellent casting and direction, make The Day of the Locust as fine a film (in a professional sense) as the basic material lets it be.
January 26, 2006
The narrative is often confused and confusing.
June 17, 2005
March 27, 2005
The casting choices are brilliant but the production is let down by a haphazard screenplay that misses the novel's point, and weak direction.
October 23, 2004
Schlesinger has conceived his film as an epic, which was a daring thing to do with such slender material.
August 3, 2004
April 7, 2004
Much has been made of the climactic riot scene, which may have seemed novel when Nathanael West first wrote it back in the '30s, but it's just plain goofy when viewed today
January 9, 2004
August 24, 2003
Blistering film version of the novel. One of Schlesinger's best works.
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
A fascinating, if flawed, example of the film industry turning the lights on itself and finding nothing there but darkness.
January 1, 2000
A painfully misconceived reduction and simplification.