Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 88
    Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.
  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: 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
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. 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.