The Yellow Handkerchief


Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    The Yellow Handkerchief tells a timeless fable, and tells it extremely well.
  2. Cohn has assembled a quartet of gifted actors who are captivating under Prasad's perceptive direction.
  3. The first half of The Yellow Handkerchief is the half-movie of the year, and the rest isn’t bad--just more sentimental, more ordinary.
  4. 75
    Wonderful, honest and low-key performances inform and enhance The Yellow Handkerchief, an otherwise unexceptional little drama.
  5. 75
    The formula is obvious, but the story, curiously, turns out to be based on fact.
  6. A surprisingly moving drama - a throwback to the small, character-driven indies of yesteryear.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The performances are what put it over -- that and the observant camera of director Udayan Prasad.
  8. This trio of losers somehow forms a kind of loony family. Like the one in "Little Miss Sunshine," which also used the metaphor of a broken-down car to drive home its point, the interpersonal dynamics are out of whack, but not unworkable.
  9. Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
  10. Four terrific performances make the transition to a U.S. setting go smoothly for British director Udayan Prasad.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    A thoughtful, niche-oriented portrait of four off-the-beaten-path characters trying to find their way.
  12. 70
    All three leads are solidly convincing in their candor. And Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges (The Mission) shoots the hell out of the swampy South to make for a nontoxic diversion.
  13. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Redmayne is hugely persuasive as a redneck geek -- you'd never guess he's a Brit with credits in classical theater.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    As for the yellow handkerchief of the title, I'd have dismissed it as a cheesy device if it weren't for the fact that I'm still cherishing the eloquence of Hurt's silent marvel when he finally sees it, fluttering across the gray Southern sky.
  15. A sensitive, nicely made character drama.
  16. Here the fascination is Hurt, so deft at steering his character away from booby-trap clichés that he guides his young costars safely out of sap's way and brightens an otherwise very yellowed tale.
  17. 63
    The title’s a trite metaphor and the surprises are thin. But the sleepy scenery and charming performances – Stewart escapes her vampires and reminds everyone what the fuss used to be about – keep The Yellow Handkerchief from blowing it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    OMG YAWN. How can anyone watch this BS? Seriously bad 2 dimensional characters. Obvious storyline about as unoriginal as gets! There is notOMG YAWN. How can anyone watch this BS? Seriously bad 2 dimensional characters. Obvious storyline about as unoriginal as gets! There is not one single drawcard that makes this in any way memorable or even makes you care what you watched 10 seconds ago let alone care to watch until the end. LEFT before it finished out of sheer BOREDOM! Full Review »