Harry & Son
Harry & Son (1984)

Paul Newman co-wrote, directed and stars in this character study, playing Harry, a widower unable to connect with his artistic son Howard (Robby Benson).

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 2, 1984
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Fuzzily conceived and indecisively executed, Harry & Son represents a deeply disappointing return to the director's chair for Paul Newman.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film is definitely overlong, bordering on the dull.

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The script offers few insights and the plot is too predictable to create any tension.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie might have worked if it had been a satire of those awful made-for-TV Family Problem Movies. Unfortunately, it does not seem to know it is funny.

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Douglas Pratt

Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

A decently intentioned but rather drab mess of a movie.

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Steve Crum

OK pairing of Paul Newman and Robby Benson in domestic drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
The narrative line of the script is scattered and seems to pick up ideas and problems and then drop them without resolution to tackle some other tangential… More