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This is My Father (1999)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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This Is My Father chronicles the journey of a disillusioned Chicago schoolteacher who returns to Ireland with his nephew in search of the man who was his father. Widowed and childless, the lonely Kieran Johnson is no longer able to relate to his students. His fragile mental state is mirrored by his family circumstances: his mother has had a stroke and is unable (or unwilling) to communicate and his divorced sister, Betty, is burdened with their mother's care while trying to raise her troubled

Oct 5, 1999

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

The disturbing, embarrassing domestic moments and conflicts are quirky, slightly weird, and yet they boast the shock of recognition because they're so true to the strife in every family.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Like all stories, it belongs to the teller, not the subject.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The impassioned romance is enough to recommend it.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

An excellent movie the likes of which you don't see too often

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

Playing a doomed farmer in 1939 Ireland, Aidan Quinn is at the top of his game -- but fans may be shocked by his very different physical appearance here.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

...alternately gentle and painful

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This emotionally rich drama speaks poignantly about the passion of love and the power of curses.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Every Thanksgiving we often over-indulge and This Is My Father feels somewhat bloated after telling an over-long sentimental ballad of love gained and lost.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A mournful but nicely affecting romantic tragedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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