You Will Be My Son Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2013
Mystery lovers will delight in the sophisticated murder scheme, oenophiles will love the Wine Expo atmosphere, and admirers of restrained menace will lose themselves in the icy pools of Arestrup's eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2013
How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 19, 2013
Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
September 11, 2013
French director and co-writer Gilles Legrand shows great mastery of tone and pacing in his third feature, which begins life as a domestic drama set at a family-owned vineyard and slowly morphs into a tense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2013
A strongly acted, character-driven melodrama, concerned with the dynamics of family in general and father-son issues in particular, it presents situations so emotionally supercharged that the whole story could have come straight out of Balzac.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 16, 2013
It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 15, 2013
The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 15, 2013
You Will Be My Son endlessly spins its wheels, offering up scene after scene of Deutsch screwing up, or just plain existing, and Arestrup tossing deeply disgusted glances in his direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 14, 2013
A kind of parable that is as much an effective portrait of intergenerational struggle as it is a slick psychological thriller with Shakespearian shadings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 13, 2013
Evoking a contemporary fable but unfolding like a thriller, You Will Be My Son is most of all a devastatingly realistic depiction of the festering resentments shared between a father and son.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2013
Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
Legrand has directed with belief in what he is doing, and Niels Arestrup as Paul manages to be both strong and subtly humorous.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2013
Niels Arestrup delivers an award-caliber turn as a malevolent patriarch in this gripping melodrama.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
March 22, 2012
A classy, full-bodied family drama from Gallic scribe-helmer Gilles Legrand.