What They Had Reviews

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August 21, 2019
A good script is enhanced by a good cast.
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
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
Inevitable heartache is deftly balanced with humour to dissipate tension.
March 1, 2019
Blythe Danner is the heart and soul of this slightly ponderous movie about a family in crisis
March 1, 2019
Though the final act becomes predictably sentimental, it's the smaller, more subtle observations that linger.
March 1, 2019
Anyone who has lost a relative to dementia will find plenty of common ground with the family depicted in this piercingly well-observed domestic drama, an impressive debut feature by writer-director Elizabeth Chomko.
March 1, 2019
Pangs of authenticity fill Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature What They Had and with good reason.
February 28, 2019
The script, inspired by Chomko's grandparents' marriage, throws up plenty of authentic-looking observations of life with Alzheimer's.
February 26, 2019
It's a film that reminds us that the ties which bind can easily suffocate unless we find the strength to push back.
February 22, 2019
The powerhouse cast and writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's sensitive approach make it both cinematic and warmly involving.
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