Aberdeen

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. It's a raw, haunting experience.
  2. Skarsgard and Headey deliver perfectly meshed lead performances in a small, beautifully acted film that will make you squirm.
  3. Charlotte Observer
    Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    63
    The characters, irritating as they can be at first, grow on you as they grow up.
  4. It could have done with fewer plot devices, but it is ultimately far more satisfying than countless less ambitious and risky films.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A journey that goes from prosaic to existential. Director Hans Petter Moland's raw drama of father-daughter reconciliation features an excellent cast.
  8. It's clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks. The characters, not the montages, speak the loudest.
  9. Behind the narrative twists and contrived dramatic complications is a searing and scary look at dysfunction.
  10. Intelligent, moving and often beautifully photographed, Aberdeen boasts superb performances.
  11. Chicago Reader
    Reviewed by: Lisa Alspector
    90
    Sumptuously hued in its emotional and visual tones, this drama is also a fairy tale, its plot contrivances beautifully justified by its minimalism.
  12. 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.
  13. 88
    A film of rare beauty, lifted by some of the best acting you may see in any film this year.
  14. 80
    Writer-director Hans Petter Moland (The Last Lieutenant, Zero Kelvin) has a fine eye for landscapes, but an even surer touch with actors.
  15. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    A humanistic, warts-and-all battle of wills between a dissolute father and an emotionally ravaged daughter.
  16. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Loren King
    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.
  17. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 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
    9
    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 charactersThis 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 »
  2. AsenathF.
    Jun 24, 2006
    9
    Dry and Dark, yet witty and amazing. Woman, all hopes for a life she enjoys get's talked into coming to see her dying mother, not Dry and Dark, yet witty and amazing. Woman, all hopes for a life she enjoys get's talked into coming to see her dying mother, not knowing that she is dying. She also has to find her father, a drunk Scott, an dpull him along for the ride. Full Review »