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Fathers and Daughters

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Italy, United States · 2015
Rated R · 1h 56m
Director Gabriele Muccino
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger
Genre Drama

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

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Village Voice by Abbey Bender

While Fathers and Daughters has a strong cast (including a brief appearance by Jane Fonda), it largely saddles them with one-dimensional roles and too-obvious emotional cues.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

The list of co-stars – Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul – is so impressive that it’s hard to know what attracted everyone to such a soapy, cloying script.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Bringing good old-fashioned Mediterranean emotion to a screenplay that feels oh so familiar, this modern-day weepie unapologetically plays to the crowd rather than the critics.


Variety by Guy Lodge

In its shape and sheen, Fathers and Daughters seems dated even before Michael Bolton surfaces to cough up a gelatinous closing-credits ballad.


Empire by Ian Freer

It’s tastefully shot and Crowe commits to the horrors of Jake’s illness (his seizures are upsetting) but the writing lacks depth, the character psychology is dime-store Freud and the performances are variable.


Observer by Rex Reed

This turkey is too clumsy and boring to make much of a ripple in the summer landscape.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The sum of Fathers and Daughters is so much less than each of its individual parts. A misshapen attempt at maudlin (not unlike Muccino’s other Hollywood films), it enrages, here and there, but rarely touches or moves us.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The level of psychological nuance in Desch’s script, not to mention feminist enlightenment, makes EL James look like Virginia Woolf.

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