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That Good Night (12A)


A terminally ill writer attempts to set his affairs in order before his death.

The critical consensus

It’s a cruel bit of word play but blend ‘incurable’ and ‘terminal’ and you get ‘interminable’; the bones are here for something special, but Hurt’s sterling work is let down by other departments.

***(*)(*)Andrew Lowery, Empire Online, 08/05/2018

This is a star vehicle. Hurt gets nearly all of the best lines and hogs most of the closeups too.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 09/05/2018

Poor script, unremarkable filmmaking and some terrible performances, except from Charles Dance and Hurt, whose laugh made me cry.

Manuela Lazic, Little White Lies, 10/05/2018

Sentimental drama from director Eric Styles, notable for John Hurt's final leading role.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 07/05/2018

Sadly, he’s the best thing in this over-sentimental drama about a gruff writer’s final days in picture-perfect Portugal.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 11/05/2018

Eric Styles’s film fails to match its star’s performance as a spiteful dying writer.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 13/05/2018

Features about That Good Night (12A)

John Hurt, by his final director: 'Impish, unsentimental--and as generous as Julie Andrews'.

Eric Styles, The Guardian, 10/05/2018

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