Sometimes Always Never

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Movie Info & Cast


Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has 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 Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.


  • Bill Nighy
  • Sam Riley
  • Alice Lowe
  • Jenny Agutter
  • Tim McInnerny
  • John Westley
  • Oliver Sindcup
  • Louis Healy
  • Ella-Grace Gregoire
  • Alan Williams

Did You Know?


  • The film is based on a short story called Triple Word Score, written by the script writer Frank Cottrrel Boyce.
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  • When characters play Scrabble online, the game board shown on the desktop computer screen does not have the premium squares in the standard configuration.
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    • Alan: I've been playing you for weeks, haven't I?
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Oct 4, 2019

Stilted but commendable for its intent, the movie may function as a great conversation-starter if watched with young kids who might be receptive to new material. For fans of international animation, there are sporadic diamonds of craft, but likely not enough to impress viewers accustomed to the quality of the GKIDS catalogue.

Metacritic review by Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar
Oct 3, 2019

Whimsical and wistful, if occasionally a little too self-consciously kooky, British comedy-drama Sometimes Always Never constructs a pleasant portrait of a mildly unhappy family living in the English northwest.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter