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What They Had (2018)


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From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

A family drama that seems so real you leave the theater feeling like you just flew back from seeing your parents, even if they're nothing like the parents portrayed in the film.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An excellent cast (including Michael Shannon and Hillary Swank) hit the right notes in an evenly wrought family drama that rings true.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's raw power in Chomko's writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep.

February 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A deluxe ensemble cast and a judicious trickle of minor-key humor elevate debuting writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's intergenerational family drama, What They Had.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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Stellar performances by the entire cast, especially Shannon, give a window into a cautionary tale. Almost as riveting as Manchester by the Sea. Excellent in other ways.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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