The Souvenir Part II

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Drawing on another terrific performance from Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir Part II continues its story with profound emotional complexity and elegant storytelling.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Chandler LevackGlobe and Mail
    Hogg captures something I've felt acutely as a female filmmaker: a desperate need for everyone to like you, which eliminates any possibility of their respect.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    Writer-director Joanna Hogg's artistic choices formulate something that isn't easily explained and is fathomable only in the viewing of it.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    There's nothing actor-ish or mannered about Byrne. She doesn't even seem to be giving a performance, which underscores just how good a performance it actually is.
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    Lidija HaasThe New Republic
    Joanna Hogg's film treat a young artist's coming of age with disarming seriousness.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Like the original, the sequel makes the most of the very real mother-daughter dynamic.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    It's less immediate than the first film, less cumulatively dramatic, but it flourishes in its complexity, in its depiction of the whole of Julie as she tries to focus her loss through her film school graduation project.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    It so easily could have been cut. Unfortunately, it encapsulates the solipsism of the whole enterprise...
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    Dorothy WoodendThe Tyee (British Columbia)
    Honor Swinton Byrne, with her floppy hair and English teeth, gives Julie equal amounts of bravado and terrible insecurity.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    ... relies more on mood than dialogue to tell a powerful story of self-discovery and artistic inspiration.
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    We often applaud such single-mindedness in established filmmakers. This movie makes it abundantly clear what a double-edged sword artistic passion and perseverance can be, and yet how vital.
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