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When Did You Last See Your Father? Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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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
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 4, 2008
A small, beautifully acted piece adapted from the British poet Blake Morrison's memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 29, 2008
What ensures our pleasure is the dialogue, which is supple, and the quality of the acting.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 27, 2008
Strong performances carry this familiar but always intelligent British rites-of-passage story about a philandering doctor and his much-mocked son.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2008
It can be painful to watch as it so painstakingly captures the slow process of loss. But it's worth every last teardrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
A haunting and heartfelt drama that may startle some viewers with sporadic shocks of recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2008
The source is Blake Morrison's memoir of the same title, an impressionistic account that the filmmakers -- director Anand Tucker with screenwriter David Nichols -- have cast impeccably and, without losing the nuance, shaped into a strong narrative arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2008
The catharsis here is all the more moving because of what wasn't finished, what remained unsaid and what in the answer to the title's question proves unknowable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
This is a film of regret, and judging by what we see of the characters, it deserves to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father? taps into the conflicting feelings so many of us can have about parents who haunt us because they're difficult, which is part of what makes them irreplaceable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 6, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father?” is grown-up, civilized fare, even though the whole thing might have been improved with a bit of messiness.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father? is an eloquent and affecting evocation of a man who remains bigger than life even as he approaches death.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 6, 2008
The film is not only poignant, but nuanced, never offering pat answers, predictable revelations or easy sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 6, 2008
Nicely balances moments of childhood trauma with a full appreciation of the man whose enthusiasm for high spirits sometimes came at considerable cost to those around him.
| Original Score: B
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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 6, 2008
It's a lovely attempt to capture how the loss of a parent can create in grown children waves of remorse and fear, pride and blame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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John Anderson
Newsday
June 5, 2008
Director Tucker's virtuosity is in marrying Blake's memories to the present and finding they are one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 5, 2008
Like most British realist dramas, When Did You Last See Your Father? is stuffed with team-player acting.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 4, 2008
It's easy to make a movie about fathers and sons. It's much harder to make one that resonates with emotional honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 4, 2008
I have never really seen anything quite like it, and I must therefore wholeheartedly recommend this wondrous work for its magnificently moving father-son performances by Mr. Broadbent and Mr. Firth.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Even bedridden, Broadbent walks away with the film; his son's never outshone him and Firth can't do much besides sulk.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 5, 2007
It's certainly a moving film, and many will find its close examination of a father-son relationship particularly cathartic and reflective.
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Derek Elley
Variety
August 22, 2007
An unashamed tearjerker that's all wrapping and no center.