What They Had Reviews

March 5, 2019
It had moments of truth in it, but I didn't think that as a film it was particularly effective.
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.
November 15, 2018
Swank, Forster and Shannon, all turn in strong performances in a lost cause. The problems with this movie lie primarily with the screenplay. The story isn't believable and it tries to deal with too many issues at once.
November 5, 2018
Another promising movie for mature audiences undone by inept plotting and poor math.
November 2, 2018
What They Had is a stubborn film. A family drama about Alzheimer's, it is hard to recall if the disease is ever actually mentioned by name. Writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, making her debut here, frontloads What They Had with didactic exposition.
October 26, 2018
The unrelatable characters and erratic story stop it just short of being universally approachable.
October 25, 2018
The quality of the actors and emotional potency of the subject keep "What They Had" from being a completely wasted effort. But the script makes it a close call.
October 25, 2018
"What They Had" is mostly talk... and loud, aggrieved talk that approximates the experiences of many families in this situation while rarely convincing us of what this family is experiencing.
October 22, 2018
What They Had gracefully coasts on its patient observations of one family's dynamics, but once the third act hits, Elizabeth Chomko goes about neatly tidying up seemingly every loose end.
October 18, 2018
Though occasional bursts of spikiness suggest that Chomko has a more unexpected story to tell, the narrative beats of this one - even without its eye-rolling final shot - are audible well in advance of the end credits.
October 17, 2018
In the overcrowded field of indie dramas about intergenerational family struggles, What They Had feels inessential; it rarely rises to the level of its performances.
October 12, 2018
A classy soap opera on the subject of Alzheimer's but still a soap.