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When Did You Last See Your Father? Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2014
...a disappointingly by-the-numbers drama that rarely lives up to the effectiveness of its performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
November 6, 2008
A bore of a memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
November 1, 2008
A keen and candid subjective scrutiny of parenting through the eyes of a damaged offspring, but a relentlessly grim, insular perspective that rarely ventures outside those long festering psychological wounds.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 18, 2008
The winning aspect of this adaptation of a best-selling autobiography is in the director's management of the points of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
The performances are marvelous, and little moments ring all too true, making Tucker's film rewarding if not illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 18, 2008
It's Broadbent's movie, and he really does go from one-foot-in-the-grave to youthful and crackling-with-charisma on a dime. It's not so much that he does it, but that it seems so effortless and non-ostentatious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
October 1, 2008
A small, intimate film with numerous flashbacks like this one is trickier than it looks, but ultimately it touches the heart and proves a worthwhile journey perfectly timed for Father's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 9, 2008
...a movie that would probably be better off as a poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 4, 2008
"Father" handles things with grace, wit and a healthy dose of authenticity, staying true to author Blake Morrison's clear-eyed memoir of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 29, 2008
Frustratingly stagnant at times but ultimately a moving story about a dying father and the son who must come to terms with him.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 6, 2008
The film puts forth the idea that the best we ever get are reflections and fragmented images of others, as if we see things entirely through prisms or distorting glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2008
Firth gives one of his most stitched-up performances as the adult Blake. Maybe he overdoes it but I don't think so. His aloofness, with its awkward hesitancies and ragged bursts of feeling, means that it's all the more moving when he finally lets go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 25, 2008
Grief is difficult to portray without being morbid, and despite valiant efforts to follow in the footsteps of Big Fish, which swept us away with uplifting reminiscences and amusing anecdotes, this drama struggles to find its equilibrium.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 25, 2008
Blake Morrison's pain is invasive and all-embracing as recounted in his book and repeated in this adaptation, which is a wake and a weep for a father lost to male failures of communication.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 23, 2008
When Firth and Broadbent share screen time, it's very watchable. Despite their proximity in real-life ages, they're convincing as son and father.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 11, 2008
Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 11, 2008
In this delicate and understated portrait of selective reminiscence by Shopgirl director Anand Tucker, the now-grown son, played by Colin Firth, returns to the scene of the crime that was his childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
July 11, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father? is based on a true story, but it still feels contrived.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 10, 2008
Though ... well-acted by Firth, Broadbent and Juliet Stevenson, the slow pacing makes it feel as if everyone is walking through a waist-deep bog of emotional reserve.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 6, 2008
The author comes off as such a constipated, self-pitying heel, it's no wonder his old man used to give him such a hard time!
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