Excerpt: Simultaneously sharp and tender portrait of longstanding family squabbles and resentments finally coming to a head. Achingly affecting performances and poignant details ground it in melancholy authenticity.
Excerpt: [Chomko] lets her characters endure the painful reality that is recognizing the present-day fate necessary to work towards a future wherein they can find the love Burt and Ruth shared—bells, whistles, and all.
Excerpt: What They Had is the sort of family drama you can appreciate for keeping things fairly straightforward. It offers a relatable story that does enough to round out the characters so you can enjoy the time, regardless of the balance between light humor and overwhelming drama.
Excerpt: Brilliantly acted by the ensemble cast led by Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, debutante filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko treats a weighty subject with a veteran’s ease in ‘What They Had’ which also finds humor in an everyday kind of way.