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The Song of Names (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Song of Names is made from intriguing ingredients, but they never quite coalesce into a drama that satisfies the way it should.

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As Europe erupts into World War II, 9 year old Martin comes to love his new brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy of the same age and recent Polish-Jewish refugee to London. But hours before Dovidl's debut concert performance at the age of 21 he vanishes without a trace, causing shame and ruin for their family. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows a 56 year old Martin a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl. This triggers Martin's odyssey overseas in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations for both men and for Helen, the woman who stood between them.

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Tim Roth
as Martin
Clive Owen
as Dovidl
Jonah Hauer-King
as Dovidl 17-23
Gerran Howell
as Martin 17-21
Luke Doyle
as Dovidl
Eddie Izzard
as Radio Presenter
Saul Rubinek
as Feinman
Julian Wadham
as Arbuthnot Bailey
Max Macmillan
as Peter Stemp
Kamil Lemieszewski
as Hebrew Rabi
Matt Devere
as Milkman
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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

A payoff is coming - you know it from the film's opening credits, or its poster - but it takes so long to reveal itself that when it does, it can't help but feel anticlimactic.

January 31, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Far from heightening the sense of mystery, the flashback construction renders the present-day dramatically inert, giving fine actors little to do save deliver exposition.

January 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There's a mystery at the heart of "The Song of Names," but it isn't much of a mystery, and once it's solved, the movie loses what little interest it has.

December 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Is a mediocre film worth seeing for a single magnificent sequence that only works properly in context? Here's the test case.

December 26, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Literate, sober, soulful.

December 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie never quite justifies the contrivance of its puzzle-box construction. Parlaying this material into an arty whodunit cheapens the real history invoked.

December 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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