Sometimes Always Never

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Sometimes Always Never
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Directed byCarl Hunter
Written byFrank Cottrell Boyce
Produced byRoy Boulter
Alan Latham
Sol Papadopoulos
StarringBill Nighy
Sam Riley
Alice Lowe
Jenny Agutter
Tim McInnerny
Alexei Sayle
CinematographyRichard Stoddard
Edited byStephen Haren
Music byEdwyn Collins
Sean Read
Goldfinch Studios
Hurricane Films
Distributed byBlue Fox Entertainment
Release date
  • October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12) (BFI London Film Festival)
  • June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) (United Kingdom)
  • June 12, 2020 (2020-06-12) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1.45 million[1]

Sometimes Always Never is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Carl Hunter and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The film is produced by Roy Boulter, Alan Latham, and Sol Papadopoulos under the banner of Goldfinch Studios and Hurricane Films. The film stars Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny, and Alexei Sayle.


Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. But he's spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son, Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and identify an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.[2]



On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 82% based on 94 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Like the grieving Scrabble enthusiast at the heart of its unique story, Sometimes Always Never scores high enough to be well worth a play."[3] Metacritic reports a score of 67/100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Kambole Campbell of Empire wrote, "Despite strong performances and a witty script, Sometimes Always Never lays on the homage a little too thick for its own good, shortchanging itself by imitating a particularly idiosyncratic style."[5] Wendy Ide of The Guardian wrote, "The danger of an offbeat British film, particularly one that is as emphatically designed as this, is that it could teeter into whimsy and artifice. But thanks to Cottrell Boyce, and the assured direction of first-time feature film-maker Carl Hunter, the emotional beats are authentic and the distinctive look of the film – it takes its aesthetic cues from '60s ties and '70s wallpaper – never upstages the story."[6]


  1. ^ "Sometimes Always Never (2018) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  2. ^ "Sometimes Always Never". Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  3. ^ "Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020)", Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2021-01-03
  4. ^ "Sometimes Always Never Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  5. ^ Campbell, Kambole (2019-06-14). "Sometimes Always Never". Empire. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  6. ^ Ide, Wendy (2019-06-16). "Sometime Always Never review – a triple-word score of a movie". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2019-06-17.

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