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Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) Reviews

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January 22, 2020
Sometimes Always Never moves at a glacial pace towards a predictable father-and-son reckoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2020
Bill Nighy is great here, although unable to fully carry"Sometimes Always Never" on his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2020
While not a terrible film, it is a series of almosts, mostly in terms of script inadequacies and the director's penchant for serving style over substance.
June 23, 2020
Featuring a strong performance by Bill Nighy and not a whole lot else, there isn't much to make this film stand out.
June 10, 2020
If nothing else, Hunter's film offers some of the most hi-octane Scrabble action ever captured on camera. That scores it a few points at least, if not enough to win.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 9, 2019
It's the interaction between the characters that should serve as the film's heart but given some scenarios are so odd, Sometimes Always Never isn't as effective as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 11, 2019
Even Bill Nighy at his enigmatic and eccentric best can't make this familial drama compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 14, 2019
The story, partly built around a road trip, is unpredictable, but new director Hunter is a bit too keen to dial up the quirk factor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 12, 2020
Gentle kook and visual frolicking bury emotion in this tale of a man mired in grief. Little of its head-scratching whimsy makes a melancholy landing; most just floats away on wisps of insignificance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 12, 2019
The director Carl Hunter, formerly the bassist of the Liverpudlian band the Farm, puts rather too much faith in quirkiness to see the film through.
October 14, 2018
The whimsy, in both script and visuals, can sometimes be grating.
June 11, 2020
Sometimes Always Never is the Scrabble playing missing persons drama of the year. It may not be the best Scrabble playing mising persons drama ever, but it's definitely in the top five.
June 12, 2020
It's nevertheless delightfully thoughtful, a sweet way to wrap up a film that delights in its own charisma even as it explores heavier themes of grief and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2019
In Scrabble-speak, one could say that Bill Nighy lands a double word score in Sometimes Always Never. The film itself, however, doesn't net as many points.
June 11, 2020
Carl Hunter could be next in a long line of whimsical filmmakers to break out in a big way thanks to Sometimes Always Never.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 7, 2019
A dollhouse of dysfunction that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2019
Sometimes Always Never may take its title from the rules a man must follow when buttoning up a suit jacket, but the rules of grief are not so clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 23, 2018
Finally, a story about the beautiful game that isn't boring or dependent on stereotypical ideas of its players. Yes, I'm talking about Scrabble. Carl Hunter's delightful film is witty and moving, with a superb Bill Nighy as a quietly heartbroken father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2019
You will leave this film with an expanded view of Scrabble and a head full of pop cultural trivia.
June 10, 2020
Carl Hunter's "Sometimes Always Never" is a cheeky little comedy that is carried by the charm of Brit staple Bill Nighy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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