• Network: Channel 4
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Disturbing, sober and flawless.
  2. 100
    The relationship of saint to sinner has seldom been so moving. [26 Feb 2007, p.39]
  3. 100
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
  4. 100
    This effort is blessed with a wealth of exceptional talent.
  5. They could have made for some deadly passages, but thanks to Morgan's writing and a superior cast, these discourses on the nature of evil, and whether the truly evil ever can be restored to humanity, are mesmerizing.
  6. Broadbent creates yet another slyly simple, yet deftly complex, portrait of the Catholic convert who translated his conviction that no person is beyond spiritual redemption into his work with the British penal system.
  7. 90
    A masterful meditation on the nature and meaning of forgiveness.
  8. In lesser hands, Longford might have come off as dogmatic or, worse, pathetic. Broadbent endows him with a cocktail of emotions that makes Longford simultaneously heroic and vulnerable. It is a performance that will likely not be forgotten later this year when Emmy nominations are announced.
  9. "Longford" dives head-long into some of the most complex questions of human morality, and it's a pleasure to watch an actor of Broadbent's caliber tackle the notion of forgiveness with dignity and solemnity in what is easily one of the best TV movies you're likely to see this year.

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