The Father

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified 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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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    In Florian Zeller's elegiac The Father, Hopkins gives one of the strongest performances in his storied career, playing a character grappling with his own mortality...
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    Shubhra GuptaThe Indian Express
    As a man helplessly disappearing, Anthony Hopkins is magnificently present.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Childlike vulnerability hasn't been something Hopkins has opened up to show us in a long, long while, but he seems ready for this role, hungry to do it, and you may not be prepared for how deep he goes.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    There is no weak link in The Father.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    [The Father] leans too strongly into the horror tropes, to the point where it seems the film is less about truly understanding the experience of a dementia patient and more about messing with the audience.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasABC Radio (Australia)
    Deeply sympathetic but never patronising, The Father is a gentle-handed yet powerful film that forces us through Hopkins's extraordinary performance to have an albeit fleeting window into what living with dementia could be like.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    There is an unsettling surprise in almost every scene, but Colman's and Hopkin's humanity make sure the audience sticks with the story and is invested in every moment.
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    Leigh PaatschHerald Sun (Australia)
    A brutally blunt, yet beautifully honest portrait of a life ending before it is actually over, The Father capitalises on a towering, Oscar-winning performance from Hopkins.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    The Father is very thoughtful and its modest domestic focus is enough to break your heart.
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    Linda CookOurQuadCities / WHBF-TV (Illinois)
    'The Father' is realistic, compelling look at dementia.
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