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That Evening Sun Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013
Southern Gothic, the real deal, not imitation, with great roles for Hal Holbrook, Mia Wasikowska and Ray McKinnon
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2011
With his bravura performance, vet actor Hal Holbrook elevates this modest indie rural drama considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 21, 2010
Forget Up in the Air: That Evening Sun is truly a film for our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2010
Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 19, 2010
As lovely as it is to see the veteran actor Holbrook working his craft as the lead actor in this Southern-fried drama, it's not enough to lift the movie from its sodden melodramatic roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 25, 2010
Holbrook expertly carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
February 13, 2010
Throughout the film Holbrook does nothing to soften his potentially unlikable character and winds up earning respect, and even a little affection in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 12, 2010
Audiences are fortunate to finally have the chance to see a fine example of how good an independent film can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 12, 2010
Whatever magic was in Riordan's books is not in this FX-larded lump of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 12, 2010
A tough, borderline unpleasant movie that keeps us on edge and waiting for something awful to happen. It may be honest, but, like its protagonist, it isn't likable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 10, 2010
There is a predictability to the story, but that's OK. The acting is superb, Holbrook in particular, making That Evening Sun an understated pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 5, 2010
If an older actor were looking for a great valedictory role, it would be tough to top Abner Meecham, and Holbrook, 83, makes the most of it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 4, 2010
Hal Holbrook's performance in "That Evening Sun" is a piece of work like Jeff Bridges' turn in Crazy Heart -- a veteran actor who knows all the moves, taking a fine little movie and making it great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 22, 2010
Generates nearly all of its goodwill from a smashing central performance by a long-established veteran.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 8, 2010
Giving one of the best performances of his career, veteran actor Hal Holbrook gracefully epitomizes the cantankerous curmudgeon in this richly complex human drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 27, 2009
Still worth watching because of the fine performances by the actors. Just beware, it is very grim and the two main characters really are very obnoxious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
December 20, 2009
A good, simple film whose reach doesn't exceed its grasp; it feels a bit like an artificially constructed awards-grab flick, yes, but That Evening Sun has an easy, unforced sense of authenticity that takes it a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 17, 2009
Seems best viewed as a carefully orchestrated character study about a strong-willed man with the dramatic fireworks seemingly slight in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
November 21, 2009
The 84 year old Hal Holbrook shows how it is done in this Oscar worthy tour-de-force performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 20, 2009
Holbrook is great as usual...Well-adapted from a William Gay short story by writer-director Scott Teems.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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