Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Bill White
    91
    A proud and optimistic testament to the youthful spirit of seniors who refuse to let such a trifle as their failed lives get in the way of a bit of fun.
  2. 90
    The bittersweet charm of this extraordinary film is trumped only by its wisdom. Without resorting to schmaltz or sticky pathos, director Vladimír Michálek (a child of 49) fashions an allegory about aging, friendship and love that equals (and often surpasses) the best American movies on those tricky subjects, from "Cocoon" to "On Golden Pond."
  3. Mr. Brodsky's final screen performance in one of his richest roles finds overlapping layers of humor and pathos.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    The trio is so individually and collectively charismatic that the film eventually neglects fully fleshed-out narrative in favor of sublime characterization.
  5. Though the story line seems grim at times, it's always made lighter by Brodsky's gentle, often hilarious presence.
  6. Brodsky's last film before his death is a moving tribute to his career.
  7. 75
    The result is a charming mix of Walter Mitty and "About Schmidt."
  8. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    75
    Gains depth from subtle dark humor and a few genuinely emotional moments
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    This wistfully charming slice-of-life comedy celebrates an elderly man defiantly thumbing his nose at old age.
  10. 75
    The film will almost certainly speak most strongly to those viewers whose age approximates those of the characters, but the narrative and performances are strong enough to involve anyone who gives this motion picture a chance.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Warm and thoughtful tale.
  12. Reviewed by: David Ng
    70
    The reconciliatory finale comes with a sad footnote: Czech New Wave veteran Brodsky killed himself shortly after the film was released in his native country –- an eerie rebuke to the movie's spunky and life-affirming vision of old age.
  13. Provides a compassionate look at problems of old age that Hollywood rarely bothers to treat seriously.
  14. 50
    Despite Fanda's shenanigans, and many are out-loud funny, Autumn Spring is not that uplifting though it isn't a downer, either. It's more an ode to friendship and marriage.
  15. 30
    A mud bath of sentiment, strained speechifying, and gloppy music.

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