The Old Oak

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Imbued with the fiercely humanistic spirit that has defined Ken Loach's filmography, The Old Oak serves as a fitting -- albeit somewhat sentimental -- finale to a remarkable career.
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    Brent SimonAV Club
    A fine send-off for workhorse British director Ken Loach, this film is a sort of proudly unsexy piece of social realism portraiture whose delicate blend of poignancy and hopefulness mark it as a welcomely mature work for the remaining cineastes who care.
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    Myle Yan TayChicago Reader
    The parallels Loach makes are obvious, but that doesn’t make the film any less emotionally potent.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    It's as engrossing, thoughtful, heartfelt, angry, hopeful, and altogether valuable as his best work. If it is indeed Loach's farewell, it's one hell of a fine note to go out on.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    With The Old Oak, Ken Loach goes out with one last, full-throated call for brotherhood and solidarity. It’s the most hopeful the old soldier’s been in years.
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    A poignant and moving coda to a career spent chronicling personal indignities amid broader social ills like poverty and unemployment.
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    Alissa WilkinsonNew York Times
    In place of magical thinking and a happy ending, “The Old Oak” serves up something harder: a meditation on hope.
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    Alan ZilbermanSpectrum Culture
    Its credibility is so deep that it may actually connect with people who use hate and punching down as a salve for the loss of their way of life.
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    Courtney SmallCinema Axis
    The film’s bluntness and overly simplified politics will do little to change the minds of those who need to hear its message the most.
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    Pat MullenThat Shelf
    The Old Oak is Crash without the car accidents as it presents a feel-good narrative that invites audiences to feel united by the differences that ostensibly divide us.
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    Kat HalsteadCommon Sense Media
    He's the beating heart of the film, but that rhythm is matched in kindred spirit Yara (Mari), whose necessitated bravery inspires him, and both communities, to hope for more.
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