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Song for Marion (PG)

Song for Marion (PG)

Comedy, Drama, Music

Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.

The critical consensus

Die hard weepy fans might find catharsis in the amount of tears that flow but for the rest of us, it’s one to avoid.

**(*)(*)(*)Gail Tolley, The List, 29/10/2012

With Redgrave on top form and the story's moving take on devotion in the face of death, your tear ducts will be powerless to resist.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 18/02/2013

The end result is a flat, depressingly one-note experience, made worse by wasting good actors (particularly Christopher Eccleston as Arthur’s semi-estranged son) in the service of a movie that celebrates wilful amateurism over anything good.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/02/2013

Easy to be cynical, that is, until you watch it. Even as feelgood goes, Song for Marion is unusually guileless, and both Redgrave and Terence Stamp, as Marion’s curmudgeonly husband Arthur, play this with an unrehearsed tenderness.

***(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 21/02/2013

This may pick up audiences wanting more after The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but it's terribly feeble stuff.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 21/02/2013

Unsophisticated but likeable.

Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 22/02/2013

A likable, mainstream and commercial heartwarmer.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/02/2013

Extraordinary thing, the potency of cheap music.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Telegraph, 22/02/2013

Sentimental stuff but when an ailing Redgrave sings True Colours it really does bring a lump to your throat.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/02/2013

Everything that follows is as predictable, dreary and proverbial as the weather in Manchester.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/02/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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