Lonelyhearts

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Burdened by a family secret, Adam White (Montgomery Clift) lands a job as a newspaper advice columnist. Little does he realize that it's all part of a nasty desire by cynical editor William Shrike (Robert Ryan) to crush the souls of his underlings. Adam feels his readers' pain, and eventually he takes an assignment to meet with Faye Doyle (Maureen Stapleton), who is exasperated by her crippled husband. When Faye tries to seduce Adam, he must choose between his job and his girl (Dolores Hart).

Cast

Montgomery Clift
as Adam White
Robert Ryan
as William Shrike
Myrna Loy
as Florence Shrike
Dolores Hart
as Justy Sargent
Frank Maxwell
as Pat Doyle
Jackie Coogan
as Ned Gates
Mike Kellin
as Frank Goldsmith
Frank Overton
as Mr. Sargent
Don Washbrook
as Don Sargent
John Washbrook
as Johnny Sargent
Onslow Stevens
as Mr. Lassiter
John Gallaudet
as Bartender
J.B. Welch
as Charlie
Frank Richards
as Taxi Driver
Dorothy Neumann
as Mrs. Cannon
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Critic Reviews for Lonelyhearts

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (1)

  • It's gripping if a little repetitive.

    May 8, 2012 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Consistently fine performances by an exceptionally well-balanced cast give further cause for regarding this endeavor with appreciation and respect.

    May 8, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Dore Schary's earnest but ponderous attempt to film a sad novel by Nathanael West...the ending is unconvincing...

    November 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Here (West's) powerful novella about the lovelorn is brilliantly enacted, tautly directed, and scripted as faithfully as producer Schary's compassion for the public would allow.

    May 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lonelyhearts

  • Jul 13, 2008
    Great cast but a sad film, worth viewing though.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2007
    You can tell Lonelyhearts was based off a play because the whole time you feel like you're watching a bootleg of a play with better camerawork. Speaking of which, I really liked the way this movie was photographed. Montgomery Clift was way too sensitive, Robert Ryan was too much of an asshole (and I love a good movie asshole) and watching the grossly underused Myrna Loy was almost painful as she portrayed a tired, beaten-down by life character. It's very easy to see why Lonelyhearts is overlooked but that's not to say you shouldn't check it out if you get the chance. I recommend drinking hard liquor while viewing...
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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