The Grandfather (El Abuelo)
The Grandfather (El Abuelo) (1998)

THE GRANDFATHER tells the story of love, friendship, honor and betrayal within one powerful family spanning three generations. Director Jose Luis Garci's tale is set within the rich historical context of turn of the century Spain. The… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A rueful, funny and deeply moving fable.

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Michael Dequina

The slack pacing keeps the 'touching' from developing into something more deeply affecting.

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E! Online

Brilliant to look at and compellingly written.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An often lovely, often frustrating, old-school melodrama about love and honor.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

In the final stage of his life the elderly protagonist learns a thing or two about time, friendship and blood ties.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Both a moving story of old age and a juicy portrait of skeletons in an aristocratic family closet.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A prettily shot soap opera that spends 2 hours telling a story that would be more effective in 90 minutes.

Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine

Never fully quickens into a work of sustained emotion.

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Arthur Lazere

The actors are skilled, but defeated by the stereotyped characterizations and the leaden, cliché-ridden dialogue.

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