The Subject Was Roses (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Subject Was Roses (1968)




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In this film, Mother and Father try to put on a facade of happiness for the benefit of their serviceman son, but soon the three of them are squabbling again. Timmy prepares to leave, attempts a reconciliation, then leaves anyway because the family tensions are rooted too deeply.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank D. Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 1996
Warner Bros.


Patricia Neal
as Nettie Cleary
Martin Sheen
as Timmy Cleary
Jack Albertson
as John Cleary
Elaine Williams
as The Woman in Club
Don Saxon
as Nightclub Master of ...
Grant Gordon
as Man in Restaurant

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Critic Reviews for The Subject Was Roses

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Ulu Grosabrd's theatrical film, based on Pulitzer Prize winning play, is an intense family melodrama, well acted by Patricia Neal and Jack Albertson as the feuding parents and Martin Sheen as their Viet vet son.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010

The "kitchen sink" drama was largely effective because of the superb acting and dialogue.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Subject Was Roses

Martin Sheen's big screen breakthrough was an often performed stage production. Here it is passable with some good acting but nothing more.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


74/100. Very well acted drama, this is one of those films you have to be in the mood for. It isn't the cheeriest of films. It's stage roots are way too evident and it is very much on the talky side. Patricia Neal is excellent, she was nominated for an Academy Award, Jack Albertson won the supporting actor Oscar, Martin Sheen however doesn't quite have the range for the role, but he does try. Good story, but the film is claustrophobic.

James Higgins

This is a really good movie about family politics in a home where people talk past each other. (T)

When I saw the Lion in Winter, it reminded me a little of this movie because of the communication issues that were being addressed in that film, although it's a very different film.

I liked it enough to ask that it be added to the database, so that should tell you something. :-)

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