And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?)
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And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?)
Blake Morrison deals with his father Arthur's terminal illness and imminent death. Blake's memories of everything funny, embarrassing and upsetting about his childhood and teens are interspersed with the present, as he struggles to come to terms with his father, and their history of conflict, and learns to accept that one's parents are not always accountable to their children.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The winning aspect of this adaptation of a best-selling autobiography is in the director's management of the points of view."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"A small, beautifully acted piece adapted from the British poet Blake Morrison's memoir."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A keen and candid subjective scrutiny of parenting through the eyes of a damaged offspring, but a relentlessly grim, insular perspective that rarely ventures outside those long festering psychological wounds."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A small, intimate film with numerous flashbacks like this one is trickier than it looks, but ultimately it touches the heart and proves a worthwhile journey perfectly timed for Father's Day."
‑ Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com
"The film puts forth the idea that the best we ever get are reflections and fragmented images of others, as if we see things entirely through prisms or distorting glass."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Frustratingly stagnant at times but ultimately a moving story about a dying father and the son who must come to terms with him."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"What ensures our pleasure is the dialogue, which is supple, and the quality of the acting."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The performances are marvelous, and little moments ring all too true, making Tucker's film rewarding if not illuminating."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...a movie that would probably be better off as a poem."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Firth gives one of his most stitched-up performances as the adult Blake. Maybe he overdoes it but I don't think so. His aloofness, with its awkward hesitancies and ragged bursts of feeling, means that it's all the more moving when he finally lets go."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A bore of a memoir."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"It's Broadbent's movie, and he really does go from one-foot-in-the-grave to youthful and crackling-with-charisma on a dime. It's not so much that he does it, but that it seems so effortless and non-ostentatious."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
""Father" handles things with grace, wit and a healthy dose of authenticity, staying true to author Blake Morrison's clear-eyed memoir of the same name."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Grief is difficult to portray without being morbid, and despite valiant efforts to follow in the footsteps of Big Fish, which swept us away with uplifting reminiscences and amusing anecdotes, this drama struggles to find its equilibrium."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile