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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Apr 1, 2014
    80
    It’s an improbably exciting match of knife-edge storytelling and a florid vintage aesthetic best represented by Gabriel Yared’s glorious orchestral score.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Walters
    Apr 1, 2014
    80
    It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    [Dolan's] raised his craft, and made by far his best film yet.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Apr 1, 2014
    77
    If Tom at the Farm is occasionally impenetrable as a drama, it’s seldom less than gripping as an exercise in suspense, especially when Dolan’s precise sense of timing revitalizes otherwise familiar moments.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Apr 1, 2014
    75
    It's certainly his best film.
  6. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 1, 2014
    60
    It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 1, 2014
    50
    Less time spent fetishizing his own image and more on building credible character dynamics and psychological complexity might have helped make this film the dramatic equal of its technical craftsmanship.