Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 50
    A ho-hum male weepie/road comedy that's worth watching mostly because of a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of England's greatest working-class actors.
  2. 50
    Never quite shrugs off its literary manners. [18 & 25 Feb 2002, p. 200]
  3. Good performances by a distinguished cast don't quite overcome the weaknesses of the disappointing screenplay.
  4. The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.
  5. 40
    The temporal jumps between the present and varying points in the past deprive the film of a sense of completeness; the transitions from scene to scene are largely disorienting, leaving you struggling to find your bearings.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 5, 2012
    7
    I found this movie based loosely on the book Family Linen. It is a good story remembering their departed friend as they carry out his lastI found this movie based loosely on the book Family Linen. It is a good story remembering their departed friend as they carry out his last wish. During the travel to disperse the ashes, each remember different times with him and his wife/children. In this time there is discovery of flings and unintended regrets. Very heavy in dialog but a good story. Full Review »