The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) (2019)



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The Etruscan Smile stars Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.


Brian Cox
as Rory MacNeil
Peter Coyote
as Professor
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Soap opera elements are unavoidable, but the film has energy and spirit, thanks to Cox's bright, charming performance.

November 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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While Cox's typically sterling performance is not quite enough to rescue The Etruscan Smile from succumbing to bathos, it goes a long way toward making the film palatable.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Co-directed by two Israelis, adapted from an Italian-set novel, it's 100 per cent inauthentic.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Capable performers throng these otherwise nondescript digital frames, vainly trying to persuade us we're not watching some rogue telefilm.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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It's a quiet film, full of pain, love, life, and death that highlights generational divides. Brezis and Binnun offer little camera movement, making for simple shots that show the characters' emotional complexity.

October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Shamelessly sentimental, predictable and ham-fistedly written, it's worth watching for Cox's bravura performance with some of the best grownup actors alive.

November 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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