The film's biggest strength is the same characteristic that may cause people to underrate it: that the group of friends we watch onscreen feel not like England's greatest actors showing off, but rather a group of friends who have indeed known each other for years through life's little triumphs and large tragedies.
Jack MathewsNew York Daily News
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
Connie OgleMiami Herald
It's a warm, skillful excavation of what look like ordinary lives, ones that aren't so simple once you dig a little deeper.