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The Son (Le Fils) Reviews

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April 7, 2003
Critics and weekend liberals lining up to praise the powerful, beatific quietude of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Son ignore one basic fact about the movie: its utter lack of legitimate emotional engagement and resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 7, 2002
At the end of The Son, the audience is expected to be grateful for being shown that there exists morality among the masses, but only someone wildly out of touch with humanity would be surprised by such a conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 24, 2006
There's no music, not much dialogue (and what there is is mundane), a deliberately bland video look, and not much happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
At the movie's abrupt end, we're left wondering if we really, really got it. That's not such a bad thing ... but we're also left wondering if it was all worth the time and effort.
January 20, 2003
Intelligent but emotionally uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 16, 2004
The Son takes forever to get going. And while that is a deliberate move by the filmmakers, Belgium's Dardenne brothers, it's still a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2004
Fails to provide enough tension to draw us into what, at first, seems a properly chilling crime drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2003
It is as assured and flawless a telling of sadness and joy as I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2003
One waits for closure, and instead there is the slowly unfolding revelation of a man torn between rage at the loss of his son, and the unspoken desire, welling up like a long-suppressed groan, to become a father again.
May 1, 2003
The restraint pays off heftily in Olivier's late-film catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
Reminiscent of a finely crafted short story that, through an economy of means and meticulous attention to detail, builds nicely to a climax that produces a singular emotional effect on an observer.
January 10, 2003
What keeps the tension at a fever pitch is not the narrative's progress, but the inscrutability and unpredictability of its protagonist, Olivier.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2004
See if you don't find Olivier Gourmet's performance one of the most compelling and natural of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 3, 2008
It's a clear-eyed style of filmmaking reminiscent of The Decalogue or The Bicycle Thief, movies that adopt a raw, bare-bones aesthetic to capture the difficult morality of everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 3, 2003
A gentle warning that in a world guided by an eye for an eye, everyone ends up blind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2003
The Son presents an astonishingly simple story told with power and restraint; the film doesn't even use a hint of a musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 10, 2003
An austere and haunting parable about a carpentry teacher's close encounter with revenge in which a moral imagination is met by the surprise of grace.
March 4, 2003
The utterly unpretentious, stripped-down artistry of the Dardennes' story-telling delivers a profound payoff that exceeds expectations.
July 24, 2003
The Dardennes' masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 28, 2003
As emoções retratadas pelo longa são simples, mas intensas e genuínas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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