The Son

critic Reviews

, 41% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Despite reliably solid work from Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman, The Son remains mired in off-puttingly aggressive melodrama.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    A stunning misfire.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The problem I have with this is that it just telegraphs everything.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This film has an intelligent ambiguity that I liked, even if it's a letdown following The Father.
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Well-intentioned but poorly constructed.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Although there are individually powerful scenes, the narrative arc feels contrived and there’s a scene near the end that is unforgivably manipulative (and completely unnecessary).
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    Phil PirrelloAV Club
    The Son is the latest addition to a recent crop of movies to present grief and trauma in ways that imply that Hollywood is the first to ever discover both.
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    Tim AppeloAARP Movies for Grownups
    The script is lacking, but the acting is aces.
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    Rosa ParraThe Daily Chela
    This was a heavy film to sit through. It explores divorce, various familial dynamics, suicidal thoughts and mental health awareness, just to name a few. The acting is mostly superb and the intention is there, but the execution falls flat.
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    Austin BurkeAustin Burke/Flick Fan Nation
    The Son struggles with getting it's point across because the film is unable to focus on what is necessary to capture the right emotions. Jackman is fantastic, but the script does him no favors.
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    Stefan PapeCommon Sense Media
    Given the nature of the material The Son is a moving and powerful film that will leave you feeling almost breathless at times, trying to process what's happening in front of your eyes.
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