• 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. 75
    I said this is an old-school literary movie because it is a gallery of objective portraits, leaving the viewer to absorb narrative while pondering various parallels and themes.
  2. 90
    A masterful meditation on the nature and meaning of forgiveness.
  3. 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.
  4. 100
    This effort is blessed with a wealth of exceptional talent.
  5. "Longford," perhaps, could as easily have been a stage play — a taut, four- or five-person one. But the filmmakers artfully weave in documentary footage of the period to remind us of the personal suffering and public hand-wringing the killers caused.
  6. 60
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.
  7. 100
    Disturbing, sober and flawless.
  8. 100
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
  9. 100
    The relationship of saint to sinner has seldom been so moving. [26 Feb 2007, p.39]
  10. "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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. [Broadbent] is unrecognizable and remarkable in the role of Longford, capturing both the man’s dotty hauteur and his awkward, absent-minded chivalry.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.

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