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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Starts slowly, builds slowly, resolves slowly and ends slowly, if indeed it can be said to end at all. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It isn't saying too much, though, to call Mia Hansen-Løve's French-language drama beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of its story, phenomenally full of life. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The talented Hansen-Love, with clarity and economy, manages to avoid the maudlin. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    In the end, an audience has far too much knowledge about Gregoire's movie projects and finances and far too little about what makes anyone here tick. show more

  • 80
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Hansen-Løve’s gifts for mood and eliciting controlled, empathetic performances are well-suited to her sensitive material, and ultimately overshadow the film’s difficult and uneven central characterization. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's second half is the most touching, because it shows that our lives are not merely our own, but also belong to the events we set in motion. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    There is much opportunity to turn the film into a soaper, but Hansen-Love resists. show more

  • 70
    John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine

    The Father of My Children is a protean charmer just like Grégoire Canvel, the title character modeled on the late Humbert Balsan. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    When The Father of My Children shifts focus to Grégoire’s wife (Caselli) and children (the eldest is beautifully played by De Lencquesaing’s actual daughter, Alice), Hansen-Løve’s hand steadies, and she reveals a true talent for intimate, behavioral observation. show more

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