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The Dead Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
The film is a masterpiece, both a worthy translation of James Joyce's story and a wonderful summation of John Huston's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
April 15, 2012
A personal film for John Huston, starring daughter Anjelica and adapted to the screen by son Tony, this very last work evokes beautifully the mood and texture of James Joyce's lyrical story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 2, 2010
... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.
Don Willmott
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2008
One of cinema's best literary adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jamie Russell
February 5, 2008
[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation.
Full Review | 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.
Peter Bradshaw
February 5, 2008
Fine performances from everyone, and a self-effacing, enigmatic star turn from Anjelica Huston herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Variety Staff
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.
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.
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
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
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

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
This sublime adaptation of the last story in James Joyce's Dubliners is John Huston's final film, and it is as beautiful, delicate, and moving an epitaph as any filmmaker could ever desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 24, 2003
Swansong's rarely come more sublime.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
That Huston should have dared search for the story's cinema life is astonishing. That he should have found it with such seeming ease is the mark of a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
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