All of this feels a little too pat and obvious until we edge towards a lump-in-the-throat finale with an emotional wallop absent from the predictability of the previous scenes.
| Original Score: 2/5
The script is too full of events and outbursts for it truly to convince, but the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch.
It's an hour-and a-half of nothing.
A film that many will find more morbid than melancholy.
Cumberbatch always seems to act as though he already has the letters OBE after his name.
Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last.
Even a talented cast struggle to convince in this tough sell of a film.
Dalton, a Bafta-winning short filmmaker, ensures everything looks pleasant and polished enough, but there's very little here that stands out.
Dalton's first feature doesn't quite reach the philosophical depths she appears to be aiming for, but Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant.
| Original Score: 3/5
The characters aren't particularly likable or clever, but their chemistry is convincing and it's well performed.
This beautifully shot and finely acted drama will struggle to find an audience simply because its subject matter is ultimately so dark
| Original Score: 3.5/5
As road trips go, this one travels far and travels well.
| Original Score: B+
Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a powerfully emotional British drama with superb performances from all four leads.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rather familiar and predictable, though not dislikable.
Hattie Dalton's direction is sensitive but ponderous, making our own third star more than slightly grudging.