Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Moretti gives us something different but very important. He shows us how life goes on.
  2. We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
  3. It takes skill these days, if not nerve, to put a vital, happy nuclear family on screen and to invite us to share in every quiet tremor, every gentle jostle and smile of their steady, deep-flowing contentment.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Slater
    90
    Moretti's actual direction is always simple, perhaps plain, but this no-frills approach allows him to gently craft a story full of poignant episodes, building toward a melancholy but genuinely uplifting conclusion.
  5. 90
    In the end, it's that reserve that makes it work. Keeping his distance, the director lets viewers see in full the moments in which grief turns the world into a narrow, never-ending tunnel.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    There’s not a whisper of melodrama or sentimentality in the way Moretti tells his tale, guiding us through the stages of grief with calm, devastating lucidity.
  7. Surprisingly powerful and universal: the search for meaning and small blessings in the face of life's utter randomness.
  8. 90
    Wise and surprisingly witty, the film is a minor masterpiece and could serve as a fitting companion piece to America's "In the Bedroom," another superb film about the torments of bereavement.
  9. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    90
    With tender skill, Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's phrase "I can't go on -- I'll go on."
  10. 88
    Not all movies can be stark, difficult and obscure. Sometimes in a quite ordinary way a director can reach out and touch us.
  11. 88
    This is a superior motion picture -- an example of the pleasant surprise that can result when a skilled director departs from his usual style. By daring to be honest and unsparing, The Son's Room is meaningful.
  12. Always perceptive and curiously light in tone if not in content -- such a remarkably delicate look at an absolutely devastating subject.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 29, 2012
    6
    I watched this film several years before on TV, but interrupted and left unfinished, this time finally completed in the Febiofestâ
  2. JMc
    Nov 17, 2011
    10
    I rented The Son's Room again the other day, after many years. I was stunned by the understated emotional wallop it packed. That final scene is the most haunting damn thing. I can't get it out of my mind. I'm going to the shops now to see if I can buy the DVD. Full Review »