The first tale benefits from a genuinely terrific performance from Whitehouse, who in a rare foray into non-comedic acting demonstrates what a fine dramatic performer he can be. His nightwatchman is embittered, lonely and nearly bent double under the weight of family trauma; an early scene between him and Goodman is comfortably the film’s best.
Whitehouse, Lawther and Freeman enjoy themselves greatly in their roles and give terrific support; perhaps especially Whitehouse as Tony, who commands the screen in what is the film’s most effective, yet determinedly downbeat scene.
The Guardian Full Review
The first story is the most effective by far, both because of Whitehouse’s impeccably pitched performance and because it’s the most tightly constructed of the three.Natasha Tripney