Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    Norway's hallucinatory, edge-of-the-world beauty imbues the story with a woozy, alcoholic haze and a sense of the marginal spaces into which the messiest aspects of private life are shoved.
  2. It could have done with fewer plot devices, but it is ultimately far more satisfying than countless less ambitious and risky films.
  3. It is difficult to watch, but it's also impossible to take your eyes off the screen. It does not blench at the things that Hollywood routinely blenches at: substance abuse, dying, family dysfunction, love.
  4. 90
    Sumptuously hued in its emotional and visual tones, this drama is also a fairy tale, its plot contrivances beautifully justified by its minimalism.
  5. 88
    A film of rare beauty, lifted by some of the best acting you may see in any film this year.
  6. 88
    It is an uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.
  7. 80
    Writer-director Hans Petter Moland (The Last Lieutenant, Zero Kelvin) has a fine eye for landscapes, but an even surer touch with actors.
  8. Skarsgard and Headey deliver perfectly meshed lead performances in a small, beautifully acted film that will make you squirm.
  9. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    A humanistic, warts-and-all battle of wills between a dissolute father and an emotionally ravaged daughter.
  10. It's clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks. The characters, not the montages, speak the loudest.
  11. In the end, grips us precisely because its actors are so utterly absorbed in their roles, so unfettered and nakedly expressive. This is the kind of acting we always look for, but rarely see.
  12. A journey that goes from prosaic to existential. Director Hans Petter Moland's raw drama of father-daughter reconciliation features an excellent cast.
  13. Intelligent, moving and often beautifully photographed, Aberdeen boasts superb performances.
  14. Behind the narrative twists and contrived dramatic complications is a searing and scary look at dysfunction.
  15. 70
    Headey, Skarsgård and Rampling flesh these people out marvelously, bringing them fully to life. It's almost a pity: The more real they become, the less pleasant is the time we spend with them.
  16. The characters, irritating as they can be at first, grow on you as they grow up.
  17. 60
    It's a raw, haunting experience.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    This was a good film about a grown up daughter and her alcoholic father as they try to come together, i really loved this film, the characters were great and the story was also good this iis one of the best daughter/father films ive ever seen. Full Review »