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  • Summary: Timothy Spall gives a devastating performance in the true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's most notorious hangman. (IFC)
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  1. 88
    The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    British actor Timothy Spall gives a shattering performance as Albert Pierrepoint.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    At once desperately grim and unnervingly gripping, providing an exacting sense of the detail and procedure that went into death by hanging.
  4. In Pierrepoint:The Last Hangman Timothy Spall sinks his teeth into one of the juiciest roles of his career.
  5. Pierrepoint is worth seeing for Shergold's attention to process and for all the ghoulish details.
  6. 70
    Like most television directors, Shergold is good with actors. Jowly, impassive and rigid with righteous dignity, Timothy Spall makes a wonderfully meticulous Pierrepoint.
  7. 50
    Pierrepoint is handsomely crafted and well-acted, but its sense of scale is as constricted as a noose.

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  1. JimG
    Jun 23, 2007
    Disappointing primarily because Spall has always been so dependable. Unfortunately, the role he is given here is johnny one-note: the weight of pierrepoint's conscience is there at the beginning at the end with no real dramatic build. The same can be same for the cinematography. No contrast is offered emotionally or visually. Expand