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My Son, My Son, What Have You Done

The critical consensus

The movie has a harsh, dreamlike look and ends up as another, rather minor, example of the director's studies in obsession.

Philip French, The Observer, 12/09/2010

The experience is rather like watching a low-rent TV movie while dosed up on heavy medication.

***(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 09/09/2010

The ungainly shift between present and past, the muted playing, bizarre incidental music and sudden lurches into foreign location work bear the hallmarks of Herzogian oddity, but offer little in terms of pleasure or plausibility.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 10/09/2010

There are a few dark laughs to be had and a certain pungent underlying perversity makes sure it is memorable for sure.

***(*)(*)Paul Dale, The List, 07/09/2010

Like many of the characters, the plot is under-developed yet My Son, My Son lingers in the brain and is essential viewing for Herzog and Lynch fans alike.

****(*)Becky Bartlett, The Skinny, 04/09/2010

It's a typically Herzogian tale of descent into madness.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/09/2010

If anyone other than Werner Herzog and David Lynch had directed and produced this story of a man (Michael Shannon, right) who kills his mother then holes up with two hostages, it might have been just another crime drama, based on a true story.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, Scotland on Sunday, 14/09/2010

Oddly understated, it’s nevertheless as unnerving a vision of disintegration in suburbia as you’d expect from director Werner Herzog and producer David Lynch, two of the movies’ most brilliantly demented visionaries.

***(*)(*)Marc Lee, The Telegraph, 09/09/2010

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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