The Father of My Children Synopsis
Grégoire's life seems perfect until his financial and emotional reserves reach a breaking point.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It isn't saying too much, though, to call Mia Hansen-Løve's French-language drama beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The talented Hansen-Love, with clarity and economy, manages to avoid the maudlin.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult...
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Hansen-Løve’s gifts for mood and eliciting controlled, empathetic performances are well-suited to her sensitive material, and ultimately...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
There is much opportunity to turn the film into a soaper, but Hansen-Love resists.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Starts slowly, builds slowly, resolves slowly and ends slowly, if indeed it can be said to end at all.
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70

Boxoffice Magazine

By John P. McCarthy
The Father of My Children is a protean charmer just like Grégoire Canvel, the title character modeled on the late Humbert Balsan.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
When The Father of My Children shifts focus to Grégoire’s wife (Caselli) and children (the eldest is beautifully played by De Lencquesaing’s...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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...
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