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Harry & Son

Harry & Son (1984)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Harry (Paul Newman), a middle-aged hardhat, has trouble communicating with his teenaged son Howard (Robby Benson). While Harry wants Howard to find a bread-and-butter job, the sensitive boy would rather pursue a writing career. Howard tries his best to please his dad, but ultimately realizes that he must march to his own beat if he's to find lasting happiness. The best scenes in this by-the-numbers domestic drama are those between Howard and his pregnant girlfriend (Ellen Barkin). Adapted from

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Ronald L. Buck, Paul Newman

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

Fuzzily conceived and indecisively executed, Harry & Son represents a deeply disappointing return to the director's chair for Paul Newman.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie might have worked if it had been a satire of those awful made-for-TV Family Problem Movies. Unfortunately, it does not seem to know it is funny.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A decently intentioned but rather drab mess of a movie.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film is definitely overlong, bordering on the dull.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material.

June 17, 2008

OK pairing of Paul Newman and Robby Benson in domestic drama.

February 21, 2008
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The script offers few insights and the plot is too predictable to create any tension.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Harry & Son

The narrative line of the script is scattered and seems to pick up ideas and problems and then drop them without resolution to tackle some other tangential issue. The issues all pertain to the relationship between the father and son but it would have been better to focus more on their interaction and less on exterior forces. Benson tries in the lead but just isn't that strong of a screen presence especially when competing with Newman's star power. The rest of the cast is certainly talented even if what they're handed character wise is diffuse and it's interesting to see some like Freeman and Barkin who went on to long careers just starting out. Not a bad film but very average.
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