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When Did You Last See Your Father? Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 3, 2008
Tucker keeps things subdued almost to the point of inertia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 1, 2008
A low-key Big Fish minus the whimsical fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
The movie is slick and treacly and goes nowhere that hasn't been gone before.
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 6, 2008
'Pretty good, for a movie about death' isn't really good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Allan Hunter
Screen International
September 1, 2007
Morrison's book is painfully honest and whilst the film is sensitively handled and impeccably crafted it is also curiously distant and unmoving.
David Cornelius
November 6, 2008
A bore of a memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
June 5, 2008
File under 'Don't know what you got 'til it's gone' and go buy a Father's Day gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 6, 2008
Jim Broadbent creates a frustratingly complex character as dad and newcomer Matthew Beard is terrific as the teenaged Blake Morrison, but Colin Firth as the adult Blake brings nothing but melancholy mope to the role
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 6, 2008
An unfocused, agonized tear-jerker about loss and mourning but some of the performances are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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James Christopher
Times (UK)
October 5, 2007
A decade ago Morrison's biography explored a grief that, I suspect unwittingly, indeed shockingly, exposed the shallow times. The film doesn't cut the same mustard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 5, 2007
Broadbent is marvellous as the emotional bulldozer while Firth beautifully conveys the concerns of a man terrified that he may be turning into the man he loathed as an adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
This father-son drama never rises above the archetypal: its conflict will be familiar to all, its resolution a surprise to none.
Ceri Thomas
Total Film
October 5, 2007
Feels like just another classy soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2008
One would only hope that a film about death and dying wouldn't have to feel quite so lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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