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Glass Castle, The (12A)

Biography, Drama

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

The critical consensus

A familiar tale of a quirky childhood is delivered with little in the way of freshness or truth. Still, the performances by Larson, Harrelson and Watts rescue it.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 02/10/2017

Though it's difficult not to get caught up in this tearjerker, thanks to fine performances from all involved, cheesy dialogue and platitudes hamper the final throes.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 02/10/2017

What we are left with is a family saga which is far more dispiriting than uplifting and which often makes very grim viewing.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 04/10/2017

An egregiously quirky drama in the Captain Fantastic/The Book of Henry mould.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/10/2017

Mixed messages dull the impact, but enjoyable nonetheless.

***(*)(*)Emily Bray, Little White Lies, 05/10/2017

There is a fine line between free-spirited independence and bruising irresponsibility in The Glass Castle, a sentimental adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/10/2017

The film is structured in such a way that you consent to an insidious balance: loathing and loving Rex before finally giving him the benefit of the doubt. A rigged game, as Rex himself occasionally rants, and a shallow, treacly piece of work.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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