When Did You Last See Your Father? Reviews

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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 6, 2008
An unfocused, agonized tear-jerker about loss and mourning but some of the performances are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 4, 2008
A small, beautifully acted piece adapted from the British poet Blake Morrison's memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 3, 2008
It is all about cherishing every time you see your father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 3, 2008
Tucker keeps things subdued almost to the point of inertia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
July 1, 2008
The film is directed and lensed with such subtlety and old-fashioned restraint that you might overlook the exquisite cinematic flourishes throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 29, 2008
What ensures our pleasure is the dialogue, which is supple, and the quality of the acting.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 27, 2008
The film winds up with some meaningful things to say about balancing the desire to clear the familial air and the need to let some things be, but never gets deep enough into its character's psyches to dig up anything more revelatory than that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 27, 2008
Strong performances carry this familiar but always intelligent British rites-of-passage story about a philandering doctor and his much-mocked son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 27, 2008
Smartly, Father never ties up all its loose ends, but along the way, it is blessed with dozens of scenes in which a couple of actors connect in ways that feel deeply, humanly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Spletzer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 26, 2008
When it comes down to it, the story of a son who needs validation and his dying father is utterly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2008
It can be painful to watch as it so painstakingly captures the slow process of loss. But it's worth every last teardrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
The movie is slick and treacly and goes nowhere that hasn't been gone before.
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
A haunting and heartfelt drama that may startle some viewers with sporadic shocks of recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
June 19, 2008
The acting is superior in a rather spotty story. Jim Broadbent is a consummate actor who finds the pinpricks in a dry script and sharpens them to magnify Arthur's negative characteristics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 14, 2008
Amounts to a glorified Hallmark Hall of Fame special, except with British accents.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 14, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father? stands out mostly because of Jim Broadbent, and on the strength of his performance I would recommend the film.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 13, 2008
Blake is not ready to let his father go. You'll have trouble letting the movie go too, since the characters are those you grow to care about dearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
This father-son drama never rises above the archetypal: its conflict will be familiar to all, its resolution a surprise to none.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 13, 2008
Tucker delivers a stroke of casting so perfect it might seem obvious: Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as the father and Colin Firth as the son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
This is a film of regret, and judging by what we see of the characters, it deserves to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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