The Father

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    Running a gamut of emotions, [Hopkins] is egotistical, senile, lovable and infuriating at the same time, but the star never overplays the cornucopia of mixed emotions at his disposal, examining them all with magnificent equanimity.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    A very inventive and accomplished debut for Zeller: an awesomely difficult subject beautifully, movingly brought to the cinema screen.
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    A.A. DowdAV Club
    The final scenes of the movie are among the most heartbreakingly vulnerable of Hopkins' whole career. You can scarcely believe it's him. Which is probably the point.
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    Chris BarsantiSlant Magazine
    The Father approximates the dislocation of its main character's mind with a frighteningly slippery ease.
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    Dwight BrownNational Newspaper Publishers Association
    Hopkins wrings every last feeling of loss and despondency out of the character and will likely be seated in the front row Oscar night. If there is an Oscar night.
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    Peter HowellToronto Star
    Director/co-writer Florian Zeller, adapting his stage play, exhibits the psychodramatic rigour of Michael Haneke or Stanley Kubrick, but also compassion and real understanding of mental-health issues.
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    Joey MagidsonAwards Radar
    The Father mainly is a vehicle for a performance from Anthony Hopkins for the ages.
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    Leigh MonsonWhatToWatch
    Anthony Hopkins gives an amazing performance in this delirious look at dementia.
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    Adam SolomonsHeyUGuys
    With mesmerising performances from Hopkins and Colman, The Father excels in creating a compelling and heartbreaking narrative. Florian Zeller's film capably conveys the quiet hell of the disease, while never losing the human touch. A must-see film.
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    Harvey S. KartenShockya.com
    Among the best narrative films about dementia in memory.
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