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What They Had

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
Duration: 101 min
Quality: HD
Release: 2018
IMDb: 6.1
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RTÉ (Ireland)
March 01, 2019 Blythe Danner is the heart and soul of this slightly ponderous movie about a family in crisis
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Sunday Independent (Ireland)
March 04, 2019 The three-way excellence of Forster, Swank and Shannon is the throbbing, tumultuous heart of Chomko's debut. Top-notch dialogue, earthy characterisation, a rich score...and an authentic angle on a weighty theme do the rest.
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The Herald (Scotland)
March 04, 2019 Inevitable heartache is deftly balanced with humour to dissipate tension.
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Detroit News
November 09, 2018 An affecting drama propped up by unexpected and humanizing moments of comedy.
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Toronto Star
October 25, 2018 What sets the film apart is the literate and insightful script by Elizabeth Chomko, who also directs, and a cast of stellar performers.
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Globe and Mail
October 25, 2018 You may feel as if you've seen this movie before: Ruth has Alzheimer's, her husband Burt is in denial and their grown children Nick and Bridget are at odds. But please, trust me, you haven't...
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Sunday Times (UK)
March 04, 2019 The film I found hardest to endure was this drama by Elizabeth Chomko, an especially dreary addition to the crowd of earnest American movies about families working through their issues.
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RogerEbert.com
October 30, 2018 There's an inherent longing in Elizabeth Chomko's stunning feature debut, What They Had.
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Guardian
February 28, 2019 I could never quite believe in this family.
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Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2018 Blythe Danner does a remarkable job of conveying Ruth's irreversible path into total memory loss without turning her into a movie-of-the-week cliché.
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The Mail on Sunday (UK)
March 04, 2019 What ensues is theatrical, trying and emotionally over-wrought, with actress- turned-writer-director Elizabeth Chomko struggling to say anything that the likes of Still Alice, Away From Her and The Leisure Seeker haven't said better already.
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Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
March 05, 2019 It had moments of truth in it, but I didn't think that as a film it was particularly effective.
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