Harry & Son
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Harry (Paul Newman), a middle-aged hardhat, has trouble communicating with his teenaged son Howard (Robby Benson). While Harry wants Howard to find a bread-and-butter job, the sensitive boy would rather pursue a writing career. Howard tries his best to please his dad, but ultimately realizes that he must march to his own beat if he's to find lasting happiness. The best scenes in this by-the-numbers domestic drama are those between Howard and his pregnant girlfriend (Ellen Barkin). Adapted from The Lost King, a novel by Don Capite, Harry and Son represents one of the rare occasions that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fuzzily conceived and indecisively executed, Harry & Son represents a deeply disappointing return to the director's chair for Paul Newman."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film is definitely overlong, bordering on the dull."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The script offers few insights and the plot is too predictable to create any tension."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A decently intentioned but rather drab mess of a movie."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"OK pairing of Paul Newman and Robby Benson in domestic drama."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
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