The Father

critic Reviews

, 98% 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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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    In Florian Zeller's elegiac The Father, Hopkins gives one of the strongest performances in his storied career, playing a character grappling with his own mortality...
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    Shubhra GuptaThe Indian Express
    As a man helplessly disappearing, Anthony Hopkins is magnificently present.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Childlike vulnerability hasn't been something Hopkins has opened up to show us in a long, long while, but he seems ready for this role, hungry to do it, and you may not be prepared for how deep he goes.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    There is no weak link in The Father.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    [The Father] leans too strongly into the horror tropes, to the point where it seems the film is less about truly understanding the experience of a dementia patient and more about messing with the audience.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasABC Radio (Australia)
    Deeply sympathetic but never patronising, The Father is a gentle-handed yet powerful film that forces us through Hopkins's extraordinary performance to have an albeit fleeting window into what living with dementia could be like.
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    Linda CookOurQuadCities / WHBF-TV (Illinois)
    'The Father' is realistic, compelling look at dementia.
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    In inventive and essentially seamless ways, Zeller conveys the unsettling sense of insecurity and vulnerability that comes with a devastating condition like dementia.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    The Father has a very precise Resnais quality. But it excises all humanity from a story that is at the same time aiming for the ultra-human, the sickly relatable, and the tragic-but-ordinary.
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    Loren KingNewport This Week (RI)
    Hopkins' masterful performance operates on multiple levels, as the audience isn't sure what's "real" or what's been distorted.
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