88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
British actor Timothy Spall gives a shattering performance as Albert Pierrepoint.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way.
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80

Los Angeles Times

At once desperately grim and unnervingly gripping, providing an exacting sense of the detail and procedure that went into death by hanging.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Like its hero, the movie doesn't flinch for most of its running time.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is a riveting story about a man who for years moonlighted as an anonymous hangman while holding a day job as a wholesale grocery delivery man.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This measured bio-production might be viewed as a lesser companion piece to "Vera Drake" -- although in the case of Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, all the period-piece tastefulness makes for a story more instructive than emotionally tangible.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Invites viewers to think critically about such weighty concepts as justice, atonement and personal accountability.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By M. E. Russell
Dramatizes and occasionally overdramatizes Albert's 24-year career. For a while, it's a study of a decent man who puts his life into compartments so he can do terrible deeds.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
You have to wonder just how true to life the melodramatic depiction of these events is, especially since the film was made in partnership with TV's "Masterpiece Theater."
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A peculiar little film -- grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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