That Evening Sun
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That Evening Sun
An aging farmer fights to keep the home that is rightfully his after fleeing from a nursing home and discovering that his son has leased the family farm to his old nemesis. Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) realized that waiting to die was no way to live. Determined to enjoy his last days, Abner packed his bags and set his sights on the family farm. At least there he could die on his own land, in familiar surroundings. But Abner is in for a rude awakening, because upon returning home he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Lonzo… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though the movie is filled with complex emotions and a powerful poignancy, it often manages to be darkly funny, thanks to Holbrook's wily, unsentimental portrayal under Teems' smartly calibrated hand."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Southern Gothic, the real deal, not imitation, with great roles for Hal Holbrook, Mia Wasikowska and Ray McKinnon"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"As lovely as it is to see the veteran actor Holbrook working his craft as the lead actor in this Southern-fried drama, it's not enough to lift the movie from its sodden melodramatic roots."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Audiences are fortunate to finally have the chance to see a fine example of how good an independent film can be."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"There is a predictability to the story, but that's OK. The acting is superb, Holbrook in particular, making That Evening Sun an understated pleasure."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"[Holbrook is] wonderful."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"With his bravura performance, vet actor Hal Holbrook elevates this modest indie rural drama considerably."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Holbrook expertly carries the film."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Whatever magic was in Riordan's books is not in this FX-larded lump of a film."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Hal Holbrook's performance in "That Evening Sun" is a piece of work like Jeff Bridges' turn in Crazy Heart -- a veteran actor who knows all the moves, taking a fine little movie and making it great."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Holbrook is a terrific actor, and it's nice to see him in a leading role, but this is still a movie you can skip."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Forget Up in the Air: That Evening Sun is truly a film for our times."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Throughout the film Holbrook does nothing to soften his potentially unlikable character and winds up earning respect, and even a little affection in the process."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"A tough, borderline unpleasant movie that keeps us on edge and waiting for something awful to happen. It may be honest, but, like its protagonist, it isn't likable."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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