The Father

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    [The Father] leans too strongly into the horror tropes, to the point where it seems the film is less about truly understanding the experience of a dementia patient and more about messing with the audience.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasABC Radio (Australia)
    Deeply sympathetic but never patronising, The Father is a gentle-handed yet powerful film that forces us through Hopkins's extraordinary performance to have an albeit fleeting window into what living with dementia could be like.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    There is a beautiful payoff.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    It's not scary-horror, but it should scare the stuffing out of anybody who has contemplated their own failing memory. That prospect is far scarier than anything Freddy Krueger ever threw at us.
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    The Father is a stunning reminder of the power of the medium and how it - and even cinema's most familiar faces - can still surprise.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    The Father is a polished piece of work but an unsparing one, offering no false assurances.
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    Ryan SyrekThe Reader (Omaha, NE)
    Watching it is like playing "Would You Rather: The Adult Responsibility Edition." Oh, and it ends on a scene that will haunt your brain like you had the word "Amityville" tattooed on your hippocampus. Sounds fun, right?!
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    Asia FreyLagniappe (Mobile, AL)
    The emotional depths of "The Father" are profound, and the characters bring their memories out vividly.
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    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    In this hall of distorting mirrors Zeller denies us a stable platform where we can stand and make sense of what's really happening in Anthony's life.
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    Jeanmarie TanThe New Paper (Singapore)
    An invaluable road map into the mind of the disappearing person you once knew, it gives you the fuel to carry - and care - on.
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