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Goodbye Christopher Robin

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United Kingdom
·
2017

Rated PG · 1h 47m

Director Simon Curtis
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston

Genre Drama, Family, History

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A glimpse into the relationship between A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the story of Winnie the Pooh. After the publication, Christopher and his family are swept up in the international success of the books. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher, what will the personal cost be?

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IGN by Alex Welch

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a good example of how far a film can go with just the talents of its actors and director, even when the script can feel jarring or emotionally uneven.
70

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

No one’s going to accuse Goodbye Christopher Robin of subtlety or of rewriting the biopic rules, but it does dare to go darker than most films like it.
50

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

We’re left with something handsome but safe, a film that tries to bridge the gap between children’s characters and adult concerns without ever anchoring itself to either side.
38

Slant Magazine by Derek Smith

A sweet ode to childhood innocence turning sour upon its introduction to the public is an intriguing notion, but Simon Curtis incomprehensibly crams the events of Christopher’s early childhood stardom, his difficulty coping with the ubiquity of his namesake’s legacy, and his ultimate defiance of his father into less than one-third of the film.
80

The Telegraph by Helen O'Hara

The whole thing reads as an indictment of the sort of upper class upbringing that Milne's children's books idealised, with only paid employees offering worthwhile parental affection.
80

Total Film by James Mottram

An engrossing biopic. More than just another author/creation story, Curtis’ film has things to say about celebrity, wartime and family.
80

Empire by Jonathan Pile

A witty and touching father-son tale. And at its centre: a startling debut from Will Tilston, whose compelling performance ensures its emotional moments land successfully.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

It's the chemistry between Domhnall Gleeson and newcomer Will Tilston, as the awkwardly matched father and son, that makes the movie more than a mélange of inept parenting and Tigger too.

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