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Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Biography, Family, History

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

The critical consensus

An engrossing biopic. More than just another author/creation story, Curtis’ film has things to say about celebrity, wartime and family.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 21/09/2017

A witty and touching father-son tale. And at its centre: a startling debut from Will Tilston, whose compelling performance ensures its emotional moments land successfully.

****(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 21/09/2017

The story of AA Milne’s difficult relationship with his son is a bizarrely clenched and twee heritage drama that wallows in misery.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/09/2017

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a real tearjerker with plenty of very maudlin moments but what makes the film so fascinating, and ultimately so moving, is the bleakness that sits alongside the sentimentality. This is a film about loss and betrayal on many different levels.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/09/2017

The facts are an awkward fit on screen, but we’re definitely the richer for knowing them.

***(*)(*)Trevor Johnston, Little White Lies, 28/09/2017

The story behind AA Milne’s creation of the bear of very little brain attempts to show how joy can be mined from misery, but fails to find a satisfyingly cinematic way to do so.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/09/2017

One of the problems with Goodbye Christopher Robin is that some of the leading actors seem far from comfortable in their roles.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/09/2017

The sunlight is dappled with darkness in the story of AA Milne’s famous creation and its effect on the son who inspired him.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 01/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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