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  • Summary: Abner Meecham flees a nursing facility and returns to his Tennessee farm, only to discover his son has leased his farm to his old foe, Lonzo Choat. The two men end up in a grudge match, claiming their right to the land. (Freestyle Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    100
    It's hard to believe, but Hal Holbrook, one of the stage and screen's enduring talents, has never had the solo lead in a feature film. That has been duly rectified with the actor's achingly memorable star performance in the superb That Evening Sun.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Knopf
    90
    Halbrook absolutely nails the lead role of Mr. Abner Meecham, the headstrong farmer whose lips can’t form the words “give up.”
  4. Holbrook makes Abner a shining-eyed, noble crank.
  5. 75
    There are a lot of grace notes in That Evening Sun, including Barry Corbin's hilarious work as Abner's neighbor, a vivid sense of landscape and a visually arresting climax.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    70
    More than once, the director inserts a gooey flashback to a tender moment between the farmer and his late wife (Dixie Carter) that not only extends an already overlong movie, but also fatally undercuts the artful rigor of its leading man.
  7. The grizzled veteran actor, naturally, elevates the material like a pro, yet the entire exercise feels thin and reedy, trading in geriatric sentiment instead of hard-forged emotion.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. VanessaR
    Nov 6, 2009
    9
    Wonderful, surprising film, on every level.
  2. Mar 24, 2013
    4
    A so-so story of a grouchy old man wanting to take back his farmland from a "white trash" family whose patriarch has a bad reputation. Acting was fine, but the story line is not quite the best. Mia Wasikowska did a great performance of playing an American teen when she is actually Australian. Expand

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