Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never

Bill Nighy is a tailor who closes up shop to move in with his surly son Peter (Sam Riley), who stormed out of the family home years ago after a particularly heated round of Scrabble, in this comedy-drama.

2019Rating: PG, Sexual references87 minsUK
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Sometimes Always Never / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Bill Nighy is a tailor who closes up shop to move in with his surly son Peter (Sam Riley), who stormed out of the family home years ago after a particularly heated round of Scrabble, in this comedy-drama. Opens in NZ cinemas 13th June with sneak previews this weekend.

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Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

In Sometimes Always Never, the inimitable Billy Nighy plays Alan, a haunted man who seeks solace in playing Scrabble. There is a great weight to his unique comic presence and the bittersweet drama around him is both stimulating and soothing, writes critic Sarah Ward. 

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The Australian

The Australian

Nighy has a field day with the character of the eccentric Alan in this strangely endearing, sometimes curious film.

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Stuff

Stuff

Even Bill Nighy at his enigmatic and eccentric best can't make this familial drama compelling viewing.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

A cherishable, rarefied mystery-comedy.

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The Times

The Times

The sweet emotional payoff is an unexpected reward.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Despite strong performances and a witty script, Sometimes Always Never lays on the homage a little too thick for its own good.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

This extremely dry film mixes humor and melancholy to distinctive, if muffled, effect.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A sometimes wobbly, sometimes engaging, always well-acted tale of family estrangement and reconciliation.

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Variety

Variety

We remain engaged due to quiet performances made all the more impressive by how they cut through such noisy visual style.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

What the film does sustain, and quite remarkably, considering its serious theme, is a delicately comic tone.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Don't lose sight of what you already have when searching for the elusive dream is the moral of this drama that explores the complex relationship between father and son.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This film is a distinct, articulate pleasure.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The appeal of a Bill Nighy character is hard to pin down. While his overall attitude to life is pessimistic, an irresistible desire to look for the joke lurking behind the bad news keeps breaking through and brightening the picture.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

The whimsy, in both script and visuals, can sometimes be grating.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Sometimes Always Never is a quintessentially British film; a damp slice of seaside village life, often ponderous and offbeat (perhaps to a fault, depending on your tolerance) but curiously endearing.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...sweet without being cloying and quirky without being stupid...

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Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

Often so self-consciously 'quirky' that you might occasionally want to scream, Sometimes Always Never is an odd, sad character piece that never really comes together, and feels fey and even twee.

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