• Network: Channel 4
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2006
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9

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  1. MichaelD.
    Mar 2, 2007
    9
    I just watched the film On Demand....it sparked a lot of discussion between my partner and I about the power of forgiveness, its place is Christianity and Judaism...the performances and script are terrific
  2. DianneS.
    Jun 11, 2007
    10
    Very thought provoking and superb acting by all.
  3. RichardJ
    Sep 8, 2007
    10
    I don't know what film Jack C. was watching but it wasn't the flawless and thought-provoking "Longford" that I saw with brilliant performances from Jim Broadbent, "Rome's" Lindsay Duncan, Samantha Morton, and Andy Serkis. Jack C.'s an imbecile, and that's clear from the contradictory comments in his idiotic review. He criticizes Samantha Morton for being I don't know what film Jack C. was watching but it wasn't the flawless and thought-provoking "Longford" that I saw with brilliant performances from Jim Broadbent, "Rome's" Lindsay Duncan, Samantha Morton, and Andy Serkis. Jack C.'s an imbecile, and that's clear from the contradictory comments in his idiotic review. He criticizes Samantha Morton for being "comatose" and then criticizes Andy Serkis for being too charismatic. Perhaps he would have preferred if Samantha Morton had been too charismatic and Andy Serkis had been "comatose." Either way, his review cancels itself out and proves that he is a mindless fool which the great "Longford" was wasted on. If you are going to leave user comments on the metacritic forum, it is essential that you mustn't have been lobotomized first. Expand
  4. JackC
    Feb 18, 2007
    2
    Clunker of an expositional script plus stodgily "sensitive" direction seemingly designed to appeal to professional focus group goers equals a deadly dull drama. Don't believe the hype about the performances, either. Broadbent's tics will make your head spin, Morton's her usual comatose self and Andy Serkis disastrously endows Ian Brady with something approaching an evil Clunker of an expositional script plus stodgily "sensitive" direction seemingly designed to appeal to professional focus group goers equals a deadly dull drama. Don't believe the hype about the performances, either. Broadbent's tics will make your head spin, Morton's her usual comatose self and Andy Serkis disastrously endows Ian Brady with something approaching an evil charisma. Don't waste your time on this one if you're looking for complexity. Collapse
  5. RSanders
    Feb 21, 2007
    9
    Great. Based on a true story.
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.