The Designated Mourner (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Designated Mourner (1997)



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Movie Info

In a country ruled by an oppressive government, Jack is a designated mourner -- a member of a large family, chosen to grieve over the last dying member of the group. His friend Jack is a free-spirited poet. As the film progresses, more complete character profiles are developed.


Critic Reviews for The Designated Mourner

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

This is not a film so much as a filmed record of an audio performance; the words and the voices carry what is important, and when you open your eyes to look occasionally at the readers, it is like breaking the illusion.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Has a way of hiding in a dark corner of your memory, and popping out when you least expect it.

August 12, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Shawn's play never becomes a movie.

May 3, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Culture lovers will relish this film's rigorous examination of class warfare and the dire effects of both ivory tower intellectualism and political repression.

February 24, 2002 | Full Review…

With only one viewing, understanding it, and more importantly caring about it, becomes a challenge. Whether the material is worth the effort is problematic.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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