— The Hollywood Reporter
"A strong Scandinavian drama about love and illness."
— Screen International
"A wildly impressive and devastating relationship drama with unforgettable performances from both Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård."
"A warm gathering of Scandinavian artists, with Sweden’s Skarsgård and Norway’s Hovig both excelling under Norwegian director Maria Sødahl’s attentive care."
— Stephen Whitty, Screen Daily
"Sødahl’s skill at making gesture and its absence count in the most subtle ways is an essential component in our investment with these protagonists, thanks to the superbly understated camerawork of Lars von Trier’s regular DP Manuel Alberto Claro."
— Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Unconcerned with happy or sad endings (or endings at all beyond the desire for one to be shared and enjoyed to its fullest), [Sødahl] focuses instead on the unbridled emotions that swirl within us on the difficult journeys through tragedy. Nothing is out of bounds."
— Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
"Director Maria Sodahl tracks the couple’s story over the course of only one Christmas break, but the film is more a chronicle of one family’s entire existence. Skarsgard, by the way, is typically excellent – it’s just that he mostly, and graciously, cedes the screen to Hovig, who is given much more to do and handles it with aplomb."
— Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)