Aberdeen Reviews

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February 13, 2020
Its plot contrivances beautifully justified by its minimalism.
September 1, 2005
October 1, 2002
Moland ... has a fine eye for landscapes, but an even surer touch with actors.
September 18, 2002
The movie is to be admired for refusing to romanticize alcoholism and for finding, in its bleak story, much humor and emotion.
June 14, 2002
Contrived or not, anything that stirs raw emotions as Aberdeen does is worth a viewing.
May 8, 2002
A gripping film about the tattered ties of familial love that matter even to ferociously wayward and addicted individuals.
April 30, 2002
A strangely lyrical tale of addiction and family distance.
April 22, 2002
Evokes the long, lonesome noir tableaux of American painter Edward Hopper.
April 13, 2002
The acting alone can't fill the motivational gaps.
March 29, 2002
Hans Petter Moland avoids the usual movie cliches of addiction and abuse in his fierce, discomforting portraits...
February 14, 2002
Grips us precisely because its actors are so utterly absorbed in their roles, so unfettered and nakedly expressive.
February 8, 2002
The material is treated with such brutal honesty and the performances are so strong that it actually makes what should be stale material look fresh.
January 18, 2002
For all its attempts at bending the rules, Aberdeen still comes off as frustratingly conventional.
January 11, 2002
An uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.
January 4, 2002
It's a twisted, very human ride where the remarkable, effortless acting of both Headey and Skarsgard is rich with sympathy, heartbreak and morbid humor.
January 3, 2002
Miraculously manages to sidestep easy manipulation.
December 28, 2001
The people who made the Scottish Aberdeen could have saved themselves some trouble if they'd come to America and watched a couple weeks' worth of TV movies.
December 4, 2001
Under the guiding hand of co-writer-director Hans Petter Moland, the leads offer beautifully realized performances.
November 9, 2001
The characters, irritating as they can be at first, grow on you as they grow up.
October 20, 2001
[A] frank father-daughter drama.
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