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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
February 28, 2007
An iconic representation of a time, less so now.
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
August 4, 2008
In attempting to straddle dramatic realism, Richardson tried hard to avoid moralizing on the hypocrisies of adults or exaggerating the experiences of youth, but in striving for the middle ground, he also strive for mediocrity.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
More allegory from the depths of the British kitchen sink.
October 7, 2002
The film, with its grim Nottingham setting and working class milieu, must have seemed fresh in its day. Now, though, it looks and sounds like a relic from a bygone era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Most of the period hallmarks of the British New Wave are paraded here.
Cole Smithey
September 29, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
August 4, 2008
The performance of Tom Courtenay and the imaginative, if sometimes overfussy, direction of Tony Richardson, plus some standout lensing by Walter Lassally makes this a worthwhile pic.
Arthur Lazere
April 1, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Total Film
August 4, 2008
Ultimately, Richardson's pot-shots at consumerism and class have lost some urgency, but the nihilistic, punky buzz packs an immortal wallop. Classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
April 14, 2003
If anything contributes to its lasting influence, it's not all this lefty stuff, rather the brilliant performance by Tom Courtenay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brandon Judell
March 3, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 20, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 19, 2002
The counter-Hollywood bloody-mindedness packs a knockout punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
March 30, 2003
It's provocative and enjoyable, but not a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
While this show of compassion may not sit comfortably with those who distrust social agitation and too easy sympathy, it must be said that a splendid presentation is made by Mr. Richardson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
February 14, 2007
Splendidly directed by Tony Richardson (just before Tom Jones), this highlight of the working-class British cinema (aka "Young Angry Men" films) features a stunning debut performance by Tom Courtenay that put him at the forefornt of British actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A

February 10, 2004
A landmark in British cinema, which not only launched Courtenay's career, but also continued the trend of assertively incorporating contemporary social issues into film drama.

TV Guide
August 4, 2008
One of the best of the British 'Angry Young Man films.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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