Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile)

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Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro (La Sonrisa Etrusca), RORY'S WAY stars acclaimed British actor Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his baby grandson.


Critic Reviews for Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

  • Co-directed by two Israelis, adapted from an Italian-set novel, it's 100 per cent inauthentic.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Capable performers throng these otherwise nondescript digital frames, vainly trying to persuade us we're not watching some rogue telefilm.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

    Top Critic
  • It's a quiet film, full of pain, love, life, and death that highlights generational divides. Brezis and Binnun offer little camera movement, making for simple shots that show the characters' emotional complexity.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I'd have happily watched Cox flirt with Rosanna Arquette's museum curator for 90 minutes; her game attempts to parrot his Gaelic and a tentative kiss while gardening, knee-deep in soil, are strangely charming.

    Jun 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • To be fair, the story heads exactly where you expect it to, but meaty performances sustain it, with American co-star JJ Feild putting up surprisingly strong resistance to veteran scene-stealer Cox.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It has a trump card in Cox, who holds it together with the excellence of his acting.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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