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80

Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
A highly original Death in Venice-scented comedy drama written and directed with flair by British feature novice Richard Kwietniowski.
100
Christian Science Monitor
Hurt gives an astonishingly sensitive and funny performance as the bedazzled intellectual, and first-time filmmaker Kwietniowski unfolds the story with an unfailing blend of humor and compassion.
90
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Writer-director Richard Kwietniowski has never made a feature before, but this debut effort is a triumph, a buoyant and elegant achievement -- romantic and ruminative yet always precise, a comedy of longing propelled by a strong current of satirical observation.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
These opening scenes of Love and Death on Long Island are funny and touching, and Hurt brings a dignity to Giles De'Ath that transcends any snickering amusement at his infatuation.
78
The height of drollery, a cheeky ode to the liberating power of popular culture, and a fascinating look at an old dog learning some new tricks.
75
Directed with style and wit by London filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski, who makes his feature debut here, Love and Death is an off-kilter romantic comedy.
75
The script, by director Richard Kwietnioski and adapted from the Gilbert Adair novel, is poignant and well constructed.
75
ReelViews
Despite the many laughs Love and Death offers, it never takes cheap shots. It has a vibrant, beating heart - and that makes the comedy all the more worthwhile.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It is a slight, charming, filmic oddity, well acted and intelligently written
60
The interactions between the raspy-voiced Hurt and various shallowly cheerful Americans are genuinely charming and dynamic.

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