• Network:
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Longford Image
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This telefilm is based on the true story of British Lord Frank Pakenham (the Earl of Longford), whose lifelong campaign for prison reform--and especially, his dealings with a convicted serial killer--cost him his seat in Parliament. The screenplay comes from Peter Morgan ("The Queen").
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Disturbing, sober and flawless.
  2. 100
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
  3. 100
    The relationship of saint to sinner has seldom been so moving. [26 Feb 2007, p.39]
  4. "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.
  5. 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.
  6. [Broadbent] is unrecognizable and remarkable in the role of Longford, capturing both the man’s dotty hauteur and his awkward, absent-minded chivalry.
  7. 60
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5