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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

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  1. 75
    The real star of The Son isn't lead actor Olivier Gourmet. It's the back of his neck, which the camera obsessively focuses on throughout this difficult but rewarding Belgian drama.
  2. To call The Son a masterpiece would be to insult its modesty. Like the homely, useful boxes Olivier teaches his prodigals to build, it is sturdy, durable and, in its downcast, unobtrusive way, miraculous.
  3. 100
    It is as assured and flawless a telling of sadness and joy as I have ever seen.