The Souvenir

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.
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    Ben SachsChicago Reader
    [Joanna Hogg] makes brilliant use of shallow focus to keep you keyed in to specific details.
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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    Superbly crafted and acted on every level, The Souvenir is one of the best British films of recent years.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    Hogg's lighter touch discourages easy judgment. Despite this she has a knack for the kind of vignette that speaks volumes about a relationship.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Hogg's approach to this material is classical and literate.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    Hogg's work with actors has always been exceptional, but here she is at the top of her game, making each role count by maintaining that balance of closeness and separation that is her trademark.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    The absolute specificity of this story makes it universal too. It's the best British film for a long time.
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    Josh ParhamNext Best Picture
    [Hogg's] strong direction of this material makes up for the lacking cohesion in the script, and aided by solid performances in the entire cast, it helps to elevate the film even more.
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    Brian EggertDeep Focus Review
    Hogg's film is a tessellation of memories, encounters, feelings, and mementos combined into a work of intricate and personal filmmaking.
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    PJ NabarroPatrick Nabarro
    It functions as a memoir, and Hogg's watchful and elliptical sensibility works beautifully in documenting how those memories are coloured by the senses as much as they are by clearly determined junctures in time and narrative.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir was maybe the best film of 2019.
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