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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • 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
  1. RichardJ
    Sep 8, 2007
    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. Collapse
  2. DianneS.
    Jun 11, 2007
    Very thought provoking and superb acting by all.
  3. RSanders
    Feb 21, 2007
    Great. Based on a true story.
  4. MichaelD.
    Mar 2, 2007
    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 Expand
  5. JackC
    Feb 18, 2007
    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. Expand