You Will Be My Son - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

You Will Be My Son Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2013
For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 15, 2013
You Will Be My Son endlessly spins its wheels, offering up scene after scene of Deutsch screwing up, or just plain existing, and Arestrup tossing deeply disgusted glances in his direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 15, 2013
Everything is explicit; no one makes an unexpected move.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 19, 2013
Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 14, 2013
A kind of parable that is as much an effective portrait of intergenerational struggle as it is a slick psychological thriller with Shakespearian shadings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
December 6, 2012
An acid drama which leaves a deliciously bitter aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 16, 2013
It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Hannah McGill
The List
December 3, 2012
Might [be] a little by-the-book for some viewers, but the feelings have a persuasive, bloody rawness to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
December 2, 2012
Perfect for Christmas in the sense that you'll look on your own family a little more warmly after this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 13, 2013
Evoking a contemporary fable but unfolding like a thriller, You Will Be My Son is most of all a devastatingly realistic depiction of the festering resentments shared between a father and son.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
August 21, 2013
Headed by a pungent patriarchal performance by Arestrup. . . in beautiful vineyards. . .how far ambition trumps family ties is unpredictable. . .into a tense tale of revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 26, 2013
It's both an entertaining drama and a snappy little postcard of France.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 6, 2012
As metaphors for life go, wine has a very high yield, and Gilles Legrand's sensitive screenplay tramples out every last drop of juice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
This is a potent story about fathers and sons and filmmaker Gilles Legrand builds beautifully and devastatingly on this theme
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 28, 2012
Father v son or father & son? A theme frequented by filmmakers, the father/son relationship is powerful terrain for drama and Gilles Legrand explores it with a fearless sensibility
November 2, 2012
Leisurely paced at the outset, director Gilles Legrand builds a considerable head of emotional steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
September 11, 2013
French director and co-writer Gilles Legrand shows great mastery of tone and pacing in his third feature, which begins life as a domestic drama set at a family-owned vineyard and slowly morphs into a tense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 6, 2012
It all ends in tears, bouquet'd with irony, wisdom and bleak comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 30, 2013
A powerful father-son psychodrama with plenty of emotional fireworks in its depiction of the toxic power of high expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 11, 2013
The story is Shakespearean in tone and mood as the elder attempts to thwart the younger and the younger fights against his father's maneuverings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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