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?)
Adapted from poet Blake Morrison's best-selling memoir by screenwriter David Nicholls and directed for the screen by Anand Tucker, And When Did You Last See Your Father? explores -- like its source material -- the complex, manifold emotional layers of a father-and-son relationship as it shifts and evolves over the passing decades. At the film's center is Blake Morrison himself, who for as long as he can remember has lived in the overarching shadow of his physician father, Arthur (Jim Broadbent) -- falling prey to feelings of embarrassment from the old man, as well as occasional awe. In… More
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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 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)
"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
"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)
"Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a disappointingly by-the-numbers drama that rarely lives up to the effectiveness of its performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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