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Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Ethel & Ernest (2016)




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Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents. An entertaining and heart-warming story about two people who fall in love against the background of immense social change in the mid 20th Century.


Brenda Blethyn
as Ethel Briggs
Jim Broadbent
as Ernest Briggs
Luke Treadaway
as Raymond Briggs
Pam Ferris
as Mrs Benet, Aunty Betty
June Brown
as Ernest's Stepmother
Gillian Hannah
as Midwife, Aunty Flo
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Critic Reviews for Ethel & Ernest

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

Suggesting a matchup between Archie Bunker and Gracie Allen, Ethel & Ernest is a sweet British memoir/cartoon about an ordinary couple who survive the Blitz along with their growing son.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At times the movie threatens to melt into a pool of bulldog nostalgia, but it's rescued by a wealth of authentic social detail, especially as the young couple keep a stiff upper lip during World War II.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

As a tribute to two good people, and to their generation of Britons, it's gently poignant.

December 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ethel And Ernest is irresistible.

November 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The animation style is appealing and unthreatening, but the film lacks the beguiling magic of The Snowman or the thematic potency of When the Wind Blows.

October 30, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Briggs's humanism and pacifism are the baselines here, and both the narrative and visuals keep finding ways to illustrate the uncertainties of wartime.

October 28, 2016 | Full Review…

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