Critic Reviews

57

Metascore

Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Unfinished Song moves too slowly for its own good (mourning is doubly taxing in a country where it's always raining), but it's a great showcase for Terence Stamp.
75
Stamp's award-caliber performance as a closed-off man on the brink of turning into stone is a miracle of subtlety and feeling. This is acting of the highest order. Redgrave partners him superbly, bringing warmth and nurturing humor to a role she refuses to play for easy tears.
75
It's not exactly giving away anything to reveal that Stamp also sings three numbers in Unfinished Song - the last one so stirring that you should bring at least one box of Kleenex.
75
The movie works mostly because of the artistry of its stellar cast and heartfelt script by writer-director Paul Andrew Williams.
75
In the end, then, just Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp and those voices - their solos contain this picture like carved book-ends, vintage and lovely and still so profoundly of use.
75
[Terence Stamp] and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as supporting actors Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton, raise Paul Andrew Williams's entry in the golden age genre from mawkish to genuinely heartwarming.
75
There's not too much sentiment, but not too little, either. Just enough to make you feel misty-eyed in a way that doesn't necessarily indicate incipient glaucoma.
63
There's something off in its scenes of Arterton's romantically unlucky loner showing up at Arthur's home, in the rain, distraught. If the movie weren't so determined to placate, you'd think you're in for a daring exploration of an affair between a 30-something emotional cripple and a 70-something sexy beast, unchained at last.
63
At least audiences who hang in there will be rewarded with Arthur in concert doing a gravelly yet stirring version of Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)". It's one of the rare instances when Unfinished Song achieves a heavenly state.
63
Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.
60
How the geriatric ensemble dramedy became the last bastion of British cinema is a bit of a riddle, but like Cadbury Creme Eggs and Manchester soul, it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
60
Shamelessly manipulative, it's a highly effective if not very good film, its success entirely due to the talents of its cast. They bring heart to a script that is unabashedly about pushing buttons.
50
Comparatively simplistic and somewhat lazy, Unfinished Song presents one-dimensional characters in a thoroughly predictable story that aspires to be little more than easily digestible.
50
Manages a tear or two, and enough laughs to get by, even if from first scene to last the strain to stop just short of cloying shows.
40
Slowly but surely, Unfinished Song devolves into its premise's worst-case scenario: a generic portrait of suffering, resilience, grief and reconciliation that, even in its postscript dedication - "To Family" - can't reach beyond safe, all-encompassing but ultimately unsatisfying sentiments.
25
Part end-of-life romance, part grossly manipulative mush, the film tries to stare grief and mortality in the face while practically shitting rainbows.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Unfinished Song (2012) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board