The Son

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18

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  1. KaterinaD.
    Apr 3, 2003
    2
    It could have been a very good film, but it isn't as it is very empty - no emotions, neither some story to keep your mind busy.
  2. KaterinaD.
    Apr 3, 2003
    2
    It could have been a very good film, but it isn't as it is very empty - no emotions, neither some story to keep your mind busy.
  3. DavidT
    Dec 28, 2005
    1
    Wow, What a bore. NOTHING Happens! cure for insomnia.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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.