That Evening Sun


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    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: Scott Knopf
    Halbrook absolutely nails the lead role of Mr. Abner Meecham, the headstrong farmer whose lips can’t form the words “give up.”
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
  4. 88
    Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.
  5. A moving if too-leisurely paced effort that benefits immeasurably from the superb performance by its 84-year-old star.
  6. There is a predictability to the story, but that's OK. The acting is superb, Holbrook in particular, making That Evening Sun an understated pleasure.
  7. Holbrook makes Abner a shining-eyed, noble crank.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    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.
  10. Hal Holbrook strips the stereotype of the grumpy old man of sentimental shtick and cutesy old-codger mannerisms.
  11. 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.
  12. Director Scott Teems' film is as quiet as untilled soil -- not always a good thing -- but Holbrook has a handle on where to dig.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 24, 2013
    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. ActingA 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. Full Review »
  2. VanessaR
    Nov 6, 2009
    Wonderful, surprising film, on every level.