Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: A man can be destroyed but not defeated, although the desultory Papa: Hemingway in Cuba makes one feel as if both can be accomplished by watching a single film.

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Videos

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Photos

Movie Info

The first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, PAPA: Hemingway in Cuba is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship began in the late 1950's when Ed Myers, then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald, wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana. "Good letter, kid," the famous voice growled. "You like to fish?" Hidden away at his private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking, and finding his voice while the Cuban Revolution boils up around them. In this turbulent landscape, observing an icon in his twilight years, Myers discovers his strength while recognizing that all of our heroes are human.

Watch it now

Cast

Giovanni Ribisi
as Denne Bart Petitclerc
Adrian Sparks
as Ernest Hemingway
Joely Richardson
as Mary Hemingway
Minka Kelly
as Debbie Hunt
James Remar
as Santo Trafficante
Mariel Hemingway
as Woman Guest
Shaun Toub
as Evan Shipman
Jeff Jonas
as Jim Miller
Anthony Molinari
as John Fletcher
Roque Moreno
as Luis Herrara
Joseph Bertot
as Roberto Herrara
Alexis Diaz de Villegas
as Paxtachi Ibarlucia
Guillermo Figueroa
as Fernando Mesa
Jorge Luis Lopez
as Cuban Coast Guard Captain
Ernesto delCanal
as Young Cuban Officer
Carlos E. Almirante
as Checkpoint Soldier
Bill Immerman
as Male Guest
Raul Bravo
as Derrick
Phil Melancon
as Englishman
Karen Beyer
as Texas Woman
Roberto Vina
as Floridita Waiter
Ramón Arístides
as Luis Floridita Bartender
Bobby Williams
as Luncheon Guest
Lorena Toub
as Luncheon Guest
Angel Luis Fernandez
as Ambos Mundos Bartender
Ernesto Vidal
as Trafficante Bodyguard
Marcial Reyes
as Cuban Secret Policeman
Hairo Herrera Martinez
as Cuban Secret Policeman
Alexis Ramirez Mena
as Cuban Secret Policeman
Kelly Beatriz
as Hemingway Maid
Ranulfo Quiala
as Son de alla Musician
Clemente Echavarria
as Son de alla Musician
Carlos Francisco Diaz
as Son de alla Musician
Julio Luis Sersa
as Leopoldo y su grupo Musician
Juan Felix Rondon
as Leopoldo y su grupo Musician
Eduardo Granadillo
as Leopoldo y su grupo Musician
Jose Leopoldo Alvarez
as Leopoldo y su grupo Musician
Guillermo Perez
as Trio Caribe Musician
Henri Collazo
as Trio Caribe Musician
Osvaldo Rivero
as Trio Caribe Musician
Nico Ciccone-Scott
as Ed Myers at 4
Innis Casey
as Ed's Father
Chad Roberts
as Ed Myers at 14
Jake Elliott
as Older Boy
Shelly Neal
as Salvation Army Woman
Gregg Hirsch
as Shop Owner
Andrew Neal
as Shop Boy
Faith Busby
as Mom with Stroller
Joe Newberry
as Dad with Stroller
Kim Evans
as Woman on Sidewalk
Hunter Goodgion
as Man on Sidewalk
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

Critic Reviews for Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

A film that is beautiful to look at but lacks clear vision.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In the end, it's a museum piece: even the drunken screaming matches between Hemingway and his wife feel staged.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

As the first U.S. film shot in Cuba since Castro came to power in 1959, Papa gives us sights to revel in. Oddly, what hurts is the clunky, overripe script.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Papa" is merely cinema at its dullest, a perfunctory assemblage of biographical bullet points in which characters explain their lives rather than live them.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Richardson deserves better. Hemingway certainly deserves better. And so does the audience.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Ms. Richardson comforts and coaxes and exasperatedly, bitingly demeans, but she and Mr. Sparks play past each other instead of engaging.

April 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Papa: Hemingway in Cuba!

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Papa: Hemingway in Cuba on our Movie forum!

News & Features