And When Did You Last See Your Father? 2007

Critics score:
73 / 100

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Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: 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. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Strong performances carry this familiar but always intelligent British rites-of-passage story about a philandering doctor and his much-mocked son. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: 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. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Read more

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times: One would only hope that a film about death and dying wouldn't have to feel quite so lifeless. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: This father-son drama never rises above the archetypal: its conflict will be familiar to all, its resolution a surprise to none. Read more

Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle: A haunting and heartfelt drama that may startle some viewers with sporadic shocks of recognition. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: Even bedridden, Broadbent walks away with the film; his son's never outshone him and Firth can't do much besides sulk. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Like most British realist dramas, When Did You Last See Your Father? is stuffed with team-player acting. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Director Tucker's virtuosity is in marrying Blake's memories to the present and finding they are one. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: 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. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: 'Pretty good, for a movie about death' isn't really good enough. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: A small, beautifully acted piece adapted from the British poet Blake Morrison's memoir. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's easy to make a movie about fathers and sons. It's much harder to make one that resonates with emotional honesty. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: This is a film of regret, and judging by what we see of the characters, it deserves to be. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems. Read more

Christy DeSmith, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It can be painful to watch as it so painstakingly captures the slow process of loss. But it's worth every last teardrop. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Susan Walker, Toronto Star: The winning aspect of this adaptation of a best-selling autobiography is in the director's management of the points of view. Read more

Hank Sartin, Time Out: Read more

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Dave Calhoun, Time Out: It's certainly a moving film, and many will find its close examination of a father-son relationship particularly cathartic and reflective. Read more

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic: What ensures our pleasure is the dialogue, which is supple, and the quality of the acting. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The film is not only poignant, but nuanced, never offering pat answers, predictable revelations or easy sentimentality. Read more

Derek Elley, Variety: An unashamed tearjerker that's all wrapping and no center. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: The movie is slick and treacly and goes nowhere that hasn't been gone before. Read more