The Father

critic Reviews

, 100% 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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    Josh FlandersChicago Reader
    Florian Zeller's drama is a brilliant exploration of dementia, pain, and vulnerability.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    To see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood is riveting... Yet "The Father" often feels like a clinical puzzle to work out.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    there have been few better attempts on screen to capture dementia, punctuated by a staggering performance from Anthony Hopkins, a brilliant cherry on top of the 83-year-old actor's extraordinary career.
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    [The Father] gives Anthony Hopkins a role designed to nearly break your heart: a role full of anger and displacement and uncertainty but, also, flashes of humor, a sprightly fullness of life. Reminders of who this man once was.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Masterful and agonizing, The Father is a gorgeously crafted film about a doomed arrangement entered into with love, even though it can only end in tragedy.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    Anthony Hopkins delivers a master class in acting as a once-brilliant man losing his mental faculties to the plague of dementia. First-time director Florian Zeller turns his modern "King Lear" of a play into essential cinema.
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    Alci RengifoEntertainment Voice
    n a brilliant performance Anthony Hopkins turns this Anthony into a personality empathetic and unnerving.
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    Sarah CartlandCaution Spoilers
    Simply superb. A devastating and claustrophobic horror story that plays out - through all those doors - like a grim farce.
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    Jonathan W. HickmanThe Newnan Times-Herald
    While the movie will be touted mainly for Anthony Hopkins' fantastic performance, this complexly structured project is to be lauded all around.
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    Kevin CarrFat Guys at the Movies
    A very accurate portrayal of how frustrating it can be not just for the family but for the person who is losing his or her faculties.
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