Romulus, My Father
Romulus, My Father (2008)

Longtime Australian actor Richard Roxburgh makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Raimond Gaita's acclaimed memoir, adapted for the screen by poet Nick Drake and starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The darkness of the story is counterbalanced by some of the most radiantly beautiful cinematography I've seen in a long time.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Builds up an emotional head of steam that draws audiences towards it.

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James Berardinelli

For all that it's well made and expertly acted, the film keeps its audience at arm's length, letting viewers observe without offering an emotional portal of entrance.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Romulus, My Father is a stacked deck determined to make you feel bad, but it rarely makes you feel anything else.

Brian Orndorf

The picture has a tranquil, gentle nature about it that's almost soothing, while offering examples of familial terror Roxburgh processes superbly...there's much to admire.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

It's not clear what we're supposed to take away from the film.

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Russell Edwards

Helming bow by Oz thesp Richard Roxburgh predictably leaves actors plenty of room, but the literary tone and episodic structure rob the pic of dramatic momentum.

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Geoff Berkshire

Gaita clearly had a rough childhood, but while the tragedies of his young life pile up on screen the drama remains frustratingly inert.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Very moving, and there just never seems to be a dull moment. This is supposed to be a true story, also, which amazes me. At the end it tells you that the boy in… More
FanGirl Browncoat
A nice movie, but a little slow for me.
Dean McKenna
Excellent, magnificent and emotional true story of the author Raimond Gaita's childhood of impossible love that celebrates the unbreakable bond between… More
Tom S.
Make sure you've got some prozac on hand after this one because you will be depressed.
Leo L
Here's an interesting movie that follows the life of Romulus and his family. As he deals with daily life, he realizes that his family is falling apart and… More