• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Richard Roxburgh
    In Theaters:
    Jan 11, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 22, 2008
  • Magnolia Pictures

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Romulus, My Father Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For all that it's well made and expertly acted, the film keeps its audience at arm's length, letting viewers observe without offering an emotional portal of entrance.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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Romulus, My Father is a stacked deck determined to make you feel bad, but it rarely makes you feel anything else.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 28, 2008
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

Gaita clearly had a rough childhood, but while the tragedies of his young life pile up on screen the drama remains frustratingly inert.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 29, 2008
Russell Edwards
Variety
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Helming bow by Oz thesp Richard Roxburgh predictably leaves actors plenty of room, but the literary tone and episodic structure rob the pic of dramatic momentum.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 11, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's not clear what we're supposed to take away from the film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 29, 2008
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

The picture has a tranquil, gentle nature about it that's almost soothing, while offering examples of familial terror Roxburgh processes superbly...there's much to admire.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B

February 29, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Builds up an emotional head of steam that draws audiences towards it.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 14, 2008
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

A beautiful mediation on the struggle of immigrants in Australia and the power of the father-son bond.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

October 6, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 29, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
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It's fitting perhaps that a film based on Rai Gaita's memoirs should play rather like a string of memories; we don't remember the past in a linear story but as patches, chapters, moments, sometimes merely fractions of their entirety.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 11, 2007
Monika Bartyzel
Cinematical
October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

Screen International
June 16, 2007

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June 16, 2007

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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October 18, 2008
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