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

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



Critic Consensus: The Etruscan Smile follows a familiar arc -- albeit one deepened by the always reliable Brian Cox in the story's central role.

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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.

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Brian Cox
as Rory MacNeil
Peter Coyote
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Brian Cox gives one of his finest performances in this familiar but affecting drama about a cantankerous Scotsman facing his journey's end.

April 4, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If nothing else, the movie makes a strong case for Cox's astounding resilience, an ability to take even the most routine gig and deepen its potential.

April 3, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Rory is often a brute, but The Etruscan Smile forgives that all because he is being authentically himself. But at the cost of every other character?

February 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

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…

I'd have happily watched Cox flirt with Rosanna Arquette's museum curator for 90 minutes; her game attempts to parrot his Gaelic and a tentative kiss while gardening, knee-deep in soil, are strangely charming.

June 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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