The Long Good Friday 1980

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive. Shand is an evil, cruel, sadistic man. But he's a mass of contradictions, and there are times when we understand him so completely we almost feel affectionate. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: Has a shaky, peculiarly British charm that still makes it irresistible. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: In many respects a conventional thriller set in London's underworld, The Long Good Friday is much more densely plotted and intelligently scripted than most such yarns. Read more