What They Had
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What They Had
Too many characters, who all have problems that need solving, stretch the limits of the story and push it beyond its comfort zone.
Despite all we stand to loose in our old age, may we all be so lucky to have memories worth fighting to hold onto.
Ive certainly experienced it before; theres an elephant in the room that someone is bound to bring up at every family get together.
And Forster is a true bulldozer in every seen hes in, a quality that well suits the character hes playing.
Theres raw power in Chomkos writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep.
I just wish that this particular tearjerker jerked its tears with something subtler than a crowbar.
While its still not an easy subject to digest, What They Had is ultimately a great big messy hug of a movie.
Common Sense Media
Perhaps the best indication of credibility is the surprising amount of humor there is to be found in this fateful tale.
The Young Folks
"Thankfully, director Elizabeth Chomko, in her feature debut, breaks free from the Sundance ready dramedy mold with What They Had, delivering a deeply ..
The Young Folks
The inestimable and chronically mis or under used Robert Forster does it again swipes a flick from the entry level of a supporting character.
I felt I did my due diligence to plow through it once, but would not see it again for all the free buttered popcorn in the world.
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If the characterization of Ruth is facile, its less so than the storys final chapter.
Tears in Gods Bottle: Reflections on Alzheimers Caregiving by Wayne Ewing provides keen insights into the power of prayer and the purgative value of s ..
Spirituality And Practice
The gem like script was inspired by Chomkos grandparents love story; polished at the Sundance writing program; and won the Academy of Motion Pictures ..
The Globe And Mail
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The Globe And Mail
What They Had has its heart in the right place and should touch yours.
This movie is very bleak for the most part, and none of the characters is very appealing, but the film ends on a bit of an up note, so it isnt totally ..
Thats another thing that stories about illness dont usually grasp or bother to portraythat a loved ones illness doesnt stop the world from moving.Life ..
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And try to ignore how cute Movie Dementia always is when compared to the real thing.Danner is adorably daft, if not quite problematically so.
Rogers Movie Nation
Alzheimers is a difficult subject to deal with dramatically, and its remarkable that the filmmakers who have tackled it thus far have succeeded in tre ..
One Guys Opinion
For all its comic punch, this captivating film resonates with a sadness and sympathy that cross generational barriers.Movies this rich in observationa ..
Swanks performance is effective, but Bridgets pained earnest quality gets a little tiresome.
It is, of course, easier said than done as Korean War vet Bert is a hard no.
Chomko doesnt drag on a scene longer than it should be; theres an expediency to her storytelling that gets the point across without the film feeling r ..
Even so, it requires all their considerable skills to stop this soapy family drama from sliding into complete banality.
The New York Times
Youre going to find yourself moved and occasionally amused in all the best ways.
The accumulation of years spent together does not add up to a fulfilling marriage.Twenty years of relative comfort isnt the same as enduring intimacy.
Danner is very good as the subject of all this fuss, with moments of clarity surfacing like oases in a mind now mostly locked in the distant past.
It is the kind of movie that gets at the heart of what it means to be a family, especially when faced with difficult challenges, but lets be honest, i ..
The mood is funny and sad but never mawkish, and Danner, clearly relishing the opportunity not to have to serve up yet another tastefully garbed mater ..
What They Had benefits primarily from the outstanding performances by its central cast, particularly Michael Shannon.
Writer director Elizabeth Chomkos debut film is a simultaneously sharp and tender portrait of longstanding, interconnected family squabbles and hidden ..
Unfortunately, Elizabeth Chomkos melancholy script isnt worthy of the estimable ensemble effort.
The intimacy and honesty of the family rapport, the razor sharp dialogue andmost unexpectedlyits deeply grounded humor keep the film and its slight an ..
A Stand Out Debut In large part the film succeeds by its intelligent writing and the perfect cast.
Amid the clank and calculation of the usual Hollywood machinery, a movie more attuned to the human heart of things such as What They Had deserves an a ..
The earnest but generic dialogue cant help but blunt the performances.
Not in a mean spirited way mind you, as What They Had deftly explores accepting a harsh reality by finding the humor in it.
The characters feel like real people, and those people feel like a family.
This is the kind of sentimental film that audiences wait for when they derisively call movies melodramatic, a film of considered emotions and earnest ..
Consequence Of Sound
Sometimes its shockingly funny, uproarious laughter birthed from almost unimaginable trauma.
A well made movie with a cast of fine actors giving strong performances. Its a sensitive treatment of an important issue. And yet, in the end, it just ..
Indeed, the best thing about Elizabeth Chomkos moving, occasionally awkward Alzheimers drama WHAT THEY HAD is that it gives Forster his meatiest role ..
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Danner is good approximating a woman in the throes of mental deterioration.
Yet the cast is exceptional, the performances are extraordinary, the writing and direction are heartfelt,..
Its sad, but the surprise is in how good it makes you feel in the face of the thing that scares us most: watching our parents fade away and die.Its ne ..
Blythe Danner does a remarkable job of conveying Ruths irreversible path into total memory loss without turning her into a movie of the week clich.
Chicago Sun Times
Theres a welcome economy to her storytelling that keeps everything moving at a purposeful pace.
But Chomko doesnt allow this to happen often, and youll find yourself laughing and crying in equal measure.
Punch Drunk Critics
It is a supremely rewarding and memorable experience in every way.
2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: A look at any family in a film must be compelling enough to hold its audiences attention.
While the film is very much about a family deciding what to do, one can also look at it as Bridget coming of age later in life as an adult.
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Yet in the overcrowded field of indie dramas about intergenerational family struggles, What They Had feels inessential; it rarely rises to the level o ..
Where Chomkos script excels is the way it sketches out the family dynamic and all its ever moving, ever changing clockwork parts.
Loss, loss, and loss are on the menu, and its a smorgasbord of talk.
New City Film
The screenplay smartly builds out this central conflict into a larger narrative covering a wider swath of this familys story.
What They Had is a movie about Alzheimers disease, and like most movies about Alzheimers, it goes a little soft on its audience.It makes the illness n ..
What They Had throws a spotlight on a life altering experience for three generations faced with placing a loved one in a memory home or continuing to ..
In the old days say, the 20thCentury a movie like this would be circling the Oscars.
The sad thing is that hardly anyone is going to see the product of her pen or her direction, for the subject of age related dementia traditionally det ..
It all culminates on a beautifully moving grace note, one suggesting a cosmic order to the unpredictable and often bitter chaos of life.
The Film File
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But the movie never feels less than fully lived in by a cast that couldnt be any better.
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If Nicky has stopped caring out of a need to survive, Bridget has gone in the exact opposite direction and started caring too much.Love is at the hear ..
The loss of that is a loss of us.When a film decides to tackle said subject, its rare that its detailed with such humor.
812 Film Reviews
Old age is out to get all of us eventually, and one hopes our loved ones have the understanding and wit to handle us the way writer director Elizabeth ..
Its heartfelt, and generally thoughtful, but nonetheless awfully familiar. But that hardly matters when you have a cast like this.
One of the other reasons What They Had succeeds is the world beater roster that is its cast.
lets her characters endure the painful reality that is recognizing the present day fate necessary to a future wherein they find the love Burt and Ruth ..
The siblings have a deep bond, but it doesnt keep them from bickering and it doesnt prevent old resentments from surfacing.
Womens Voices For Change
This lack of any actual stakes for Ruth feels disingenuous and falsely comforting.
High Def Digest
Filled with laughter and tears, love and anger, Elizabeth Chomko delivers one of the best films of the year.
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Much of this is a direct result of the strong performances of the ensemble cast.
But the family squabbles jangle the nerves while not hitting on insights or memorable emotion.
What They Had is a stubborn film. A family drama about Alzheimers, it is hard to recall if the disease is ever actually mentioned by name. Writer/dire ..
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