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The Etruscan Smile follows a familiar arc -- albeit one deepened by the always reliable Brian Cox in the story's central role. Read critic reviews

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Rory, a rugged Scotsman, reluctantly leaves his beloved 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 grandson.

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  • Brian Cox gives one of his finest performances in this familiar but affecting drama about a cantankerous Scotsman facing his journey's end.

    April 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If nothing else, the movie makes a strong case for Cox's astounding resilience, an ability to take even the most routine gig and deepen its potential.

    April 3, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Rory is often a brute, but The Etruscan Smile forgives that all because he is being authentically himself. But at the cost of every other character?

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Soap opera elements are unavoidable, but the film has energy and spirit, thanks to Cox's bright, charming performance.

    November 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While Cox's typically sterling performance is not quite enough to rescue The Etruscan Smile from succumbing to bathos, it goes a long way toward making the film palatable.

    October 31, 2019 | 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.

    June 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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