What They Had Reviews

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February 28, 2019
The script, inspired by Chomko's grandparents' marriage, throws up plenty of authentic-looking observations of life with Alzheimer's.
November 16, 2018
It's heartfelt, and generally thoughtful, but nonetheless awfully familiar. But that hardly matters when you have a cast like this.
November 9, 2018
An affecting drama propped up by unexpected and humanizing moments of comedy.
October 30, 2018
There's an inherent longing in Elizabeth Chomko's stunning feature debut, What They Had.
October 26, 2018
Blythe Danner does a remarkable job of conveying Ruth's irreversible path into total memory loss without turning her into a movie-of-the-week cliché.
October 26, 2018
You may feel as if you've seen this movie before: Ruth has Alzheimer's, her husband Burt is in denial and their grown children Nick and Bridget are at odds. But please, trust me, you haven't...
July 1, 2019
What They Had displays beauty by caring for each character and not being frightened by its narrative core. [Full review in Spanish]
July 1, 2019
Elizabeth Chomko's film tackles family conflicts with nobility and sobriety. [Full review in Spanish]
June 27, 2019
The fine line that separates tragedy from comedy is skilfully drawn. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
Here, the combination of Chomko's pitch perfect dialogue and perhaps Hilary Swank's best performance of her career creates one of the most personal, moving films of 2018.
May 20, 2019
What They Had fully supports its narrative weight in the performances. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 10, 2019
Based on director Elizabeth Chomko's experience, What They Had is narrated with rawness and honesty that is accompanied by impeccable performances. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 6, 2019
Chomko transforms what could be a formulaic tear-jerker into a bittersweet family drama loaded with dark humour, poignant insights, and outstanding performances.
April 30, 2019
[Writer/director Elizabeth Chomko]... has elicited fine performances from all of her principal cast.
April 19, 2019
What makes this such a moving family drama are the complicated characters that this talent cast creates, and the relationships between them it so effectively explores.
April 15, 2019
One can say that it is incisive film from its apparent simplicity, which is magnified thanks to the excellent performances. [Full review in Spanish]
March 5, 2019
It had moments of truth in it, but I didn't think that as a film it was particularly effective.
March 5, 2019
The three-way excellence of Forster, Swank and Shannon is the throbbing, tumultuous heart of Chomko's debut. Top-notch dialogue, earthy characterisation, a rich score...and an authentic angle on a weighty theme do the rest.
March 4, 2019
The film I found hardest to endure was this drama by Elizabeth Chomko, an especially dreary addition to the crowd of earnest American movies about families working through their issues.
March 4, 2019
What ensues is theatrical, trying and emotionally over-wrought, with actress- turned-writer-director Elizabeth Chomko struggling to say anything that the likes of Still Alice, Away From Her and The Leisure Seeker haven't said better already.
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