That Evening Sun Synopsis
An old man returns to his former farm and finds that his son has leased it to an old enemy.
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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...
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90

Film Threat

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Hal Holbrook ~ Are You Kidding Me? Watch Him Work

By Koali
Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star Do not worry that it is moving to slow. Hal, the scenery and locations are not letting on to where this will go. I prejudged early it would be a...

stereotypical southern movie

By mcacub
This movie was slow, using typical southern ways. The story line did not flow. Left holes regarding his wife. Used the word ain't so much!...

Five Word Review

By Billlovesfilms
absolutely stunning best actor 2009...

Hot, tense and intense

By tthomson53
Beautiful cinematography, wonderful sound, and the slow pace of this film remind me of hot summer days in South Carolina waiting for something. anything to happen. A splendid tale of how stubborn...

THAT EVENING SUN

By MTCRITTER
IN A WORD...DEPRESSING! THE WHOLE AUDIENCE WAS FILLED WITH SENIOR CITIZENS WHO CAME TO BE ENTERTAINED BY A FAVORITE OLD ACTOR. INSTEAD WE WERE REMINDED OF HOW PITFUL OUR LIVES MIGHT BE IN THE NOT SO...

That Evening Sun

By PollyCronin
Wonderful acting, depressing story...

Five Word Review

By JoshRogers
Halbrook is Fantastic, Best Performance...

An Oscar for Nipper

By timwasher
I've seen the film at the Tribeca Screening room, and drove 3 hours to Newport, RI to see it again. I'll be at Cinema 1-2-3 in NYC on Nov 6 for the third time. It's a beautiful film, which says, as...

Five Word Review

By Jgelb001
Amazing Interesting Emotional Pure AMAZING!!!!...

THAT EVENING SUN

By jkbay
We went to the Knoxville Premiere and were blown away! My teenage son & his friend loved it also. It is a must see. You will have laughter, tears, joy & anger. Hal Holbrook will steal your heart!!!...

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language, some violence, sexual content, and thematic elements