The Eternal Daughter

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Tilda Swinton² is haunting in the gothic ghost story The Eternal Daughter, an ode to familial female ties that leaves much to unravel after the fog lifts.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    An extraordinarily moving drama of celebration, regret, creation, loss, and family, this latest feature by writer-director Joanna Hogg grabbed my heart in an icily intimate embrace and then refused to let go.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    Swinton pulls off a rare trick with such conviction that you find yourself forgetting she’s doing it: playing the two leading roles in the film herself.
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    Caryn JamesBBC.com
    Tilda Swinton gives two stunning performances...
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    How can a movie that seemingly does so little amount to so much? It’s because of the story lurking beyond it all -- the psychological battle being waged, so quietly, under the surface of everything.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Very slow, very methodical, very moody and you do feel like you're in a ghost story... but it has a sense of dissatisfaction.
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    Murtada ElfadlAV Club
    What separates this film is the delicate handling of what both parents and children want from each other. Setting it as a ghostly, dreamlike story, Hogg is able to reveal truths while also showing the aspirational ideal of such relationships.
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    Alex HudsonExclaim!
    As its mysteries and emotions gradually pay off, it rewards viewers' patience.
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    Alex HeeneySeventh Row
    The Eternal Daughter is not Joanna Hogg’s first haunted house film. But it’s the first to openly lean into and acknowledge the conventions of gothic horror.
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    Greg CarlsonVague Visages
    “‘The Eternal Daughter’ can be viewed independently from the pair of stories starring Swinton’s own daughter Honor Swinton Byrne, but the in-world connections provide an extra layer of enjoyment.”
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    Karen GordonOriginal Cin
    A lot of the success of The Eternal Daughter rests on the shoulders of Swinton, and it is a tour-de-force performance, one of the year’s best. Her work is so subtle and precise that after a while you forget that mother and daughter are one actor.
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