Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 6, 2013
    83
    There’s a ton of truth and ugliness to You Will Be My Son, and the minor digressions into soapy territory keep threatening to derail. It never does thanks to Arstrup, a force of nature who grabs his scenes by the throat and never lets go.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 11, 2013
    80
    A strongly acted, character-driven melodrama, concerned with the dynamics of family in general and father-son issues in particular, it presents situations so emotionally supercharged that the whole story could have come straight out of Balzac.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 15, 2013
    80
    [A] beautifully acted movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Aug 13, 2013
    80
    It’s a human-size tragedy, one that shows how deadening it can be to remain subject to those who give us life.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 6, 2013
    80
    There are no big surprises in store in terms of where this setup is headed...But the pic’s pleasures are nonetheless numerous, starting with its talented cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    May 6, 2013
    80
    Writer/director Gilles Legrand’s study of fraught father/son relationships builds the tension, helped by a fine cast...while the vineyards of Bordeaux offer a deceptively serene backdrop.
  7. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 6, 2013
    80
    Lustrous photography and a fine cast make this dark drama a compelling one.
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    How much you enjoy You Will Be My Son depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character.
  9. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    It’s an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a “Columbo” episode.
  10. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 6, 2013
    70
    The film overcomes its schematic plot elements with finely observed characterizations and rich dialogue.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 27, 2013
    63
    You Will Be My Son is not a subtle movie. Some of the characterizations and music feel heavy-handed, and one major plot point late in the film feels inauthentic.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    Aug 13, 2013
    63
    Mr. Arestrup gives a full-bodied performance as the film’s most intriguing character, who blurs the line between senile irascibility and out and out malice.
  13. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Aug 13, 2013
    60
    With a Shakespearean set of family conflicts, the film can’t help but engage, aided supremely by Arestrup, who struts his hour and 40 minutes onscreen with the magnetism of a bitter, baleful lion in winter.
  14. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 6, 2013
    60
    As metaphors for life go, wine has a very high yield, and Gilles Legrand’s sensitive screenplay tramples out every last drop of juice.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 6, 2013
    60
    It's all a bit absurd, but Legrand handles the absurdity with some style, and there is something clever in making an apparently minor character responsible for a major narrative flourish. An enjoyable spectacle.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 14, 2013
    58
    With this basic conflict established early on, You Will Be My Son endlessly spins its wheels, offering up scene after scene of Deutsch screwing up, or just plain existing, and Arestrup tossing deeply disgusted glances in his direction.
  17. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    You Will Be My Son works best when it’s at its most unforced, and when the world of wine-making—with its anticipation of the season’s cycles and its fascination with subtle changes in flavor—intersects naturally with the life of a European business leader who has skewed priorities.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 11, 2013
    50
    For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    6
    It is a classic story of a father-and-son conflict.

    A father is a well-known French wine maker who does not treat his son too well.

    The
    movie has a potential to be a brilliant one: it is shot very well, acting is superb, all details are done to the best of French cinematography. Unfortunately, the twist near the end turns this drama into a some kind of a thriller. In my opinion, not believable, not necessary and not tasteful...

    If not for the ending I would give this movie a "9"...
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