review for Aberdeen on AllMovie

Aberdeen (2000)
by Jason Clark review

The pairing of Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Rampling in the middling Signs & Wonders is followed by another pairing in Aberdeen, and the result is an equally troubled feature. While showing promise in its astute casting and story ideas, the film never takes them anywhere memorable. As can be expected, Skarsgård is dependably convincing as the film's drunk protagonist, proving a steady range in a gallery of impressive turns. It's just too bad that the film, while heartfelt and well-meaning, operates on a level that never surprises the viewer or steers away from tepid contrivance. The movie builds to a sturdier conclusion than what preceded it, but the screenplay hasn't given the audience enough to make the dynamics of the story fully resonate. The film premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival alongside Signs & Wonders, which beat it to a U.S. release.