Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Son Film, Starring Hugh Jackman? | Playbill

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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Son Film, Starring Hugh Jackman?

Based on the Florian Zeller play, the film made its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

Zen McGrath, Laura Dern, and Hugh Jackman Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Reviews are coming in for debuting film The Son, following its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival September 7. The drama, adapted from playwright Florian Zeller's stage trilogy that includes The Father, will drop November 11.

The drama stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, and Hugh Quarshie. Zeller directs the Sony Pictures film, which follows Peter and Beth as they struggle to support Nicholas, Peter's son from a previous marriage, through a mental health crisis.

Read the reviews here.

BBC (Steph Green)

Deadline (Pete Hammond)

Evening Standard (Jo-Ann Titmarsh)

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

Indie Wire (David Ehrlich)

Little White Lies (Hannah Strong)

Screen Daily (Wendy Ide)

The Telegraph (Robbie Collin)

The Times (Kevin Maher)

Variety (Peter Debruge)

The Wrap (Steve Pond)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Christopher Hampton, who previously worked with Zeller to adapt the trilogy's The Father for the screen, penned The Son's screen adaptation. The film also features cinematography by Ben Smithard and editing by Yorgos Lamprinos. 

Jackman executive produces alongside Simon Gillis, Philippe Carcassonne, Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden, Lauren Dark, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Hugo Grumbar, and Tim Haslam. Zeller serves as a producer with Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Christophe Spadone, and Joanna Laurie.

LOOK: See Frank Langella in the American Premiere of The Father

The preceding adaptation, The Father, was released in 2020 and received six Academy Award nominations. Zeller won for Best Adapted Screenplay, which he shares with Hampton, and Hopkins (who led the movie) for Best Actor. The work made its Broadway debut in 2016, with star Frank Langella winning a Tony for his performance.


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