100

Los Angeles Times

It's hard to believe, but Hal Holbrook, one of the stage and screen's enduring talents, has never had the solo lead in a feature film. That has been duly rectified with the actor's achingly memorable star performance in the superb That Evening Sun.
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90

Film Threat

Halbrook absolutely nails the lead role of Mr. Abner Meecham, the headstrong farmer whose lips can’t form the words “give up.”
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90

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A moving if too-leisurely paced effort that benefits immeasurably from the superb performance by its 84-year-old star.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
There is a predictability to the story, but that's OK. The acting is superb, Holbrook in particular, making That Evening Sun an understated pleasure.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
There are a lot of grace notes in That Evening Sun, including Barry Corbin's hilarious work as Abner's neighbor, a vivid sense of landscape and a visually arresting climax.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Holbrook makes Abner a shining-eyed, noble crank.
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40

Time Out New York

By Stephen Garrett
The grizzled veteran actor, naturally, elevates the material like a pro, yet the entire exercise feels thin and reedy, trading in geriatric sentiment instead of hard-forged emotion.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Scott Teems' film is as quiet as untilled soil -- not always a good thing -- but Holbrook has a handle on where to dig.
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75 out of 100
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