"It's an elegant piece of filmmaking."
— Wendy Ide, Screen International
"Jack Lowden's deepest and best work, phenomenal."
— The Telegraph
"With every scene a stanza, Benediction is a lyrical triumph."
— Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"To call Benediction a biopic would be giving biopics a bit too much credit. They don’t deserve Benediction."
— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"A benediction is a prayer for divine help. For any lover of beautifully crafted cinema with real emotional charge, Davies’s latest will feel a lot like an answer."
— Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
"Benediction, once again so beautifully filmed, so restrained and tactful in its visual world, is nothing less than a perfected statement of a life unredeemed."
— David Sexton, New Statesman
"The sheer depth of Sassoon's personal misery feels like a brutally unfashionable thing for a contemporary film to confront, but Davies, who's never given a fig about fashion, confronts it head on."
— Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Benediction finds both sorrow and hilariously withering wit in the eventful life of a famed wartime poet, offering some of the sharpest, nimblest dialogue of writer-director Terence Davies’ estimable career."
— A.A. Dowd, Empire Magazine
"The overall tone is melancholic, as dictated by Lowden’s terrific performance as a man searching for something he will never find because he doesn’t know what it is. But it is also wonderfully funny in places."
— Deborah Ross, The Spectator
"Beautifully designed and photographed, sensitively written and directed by England’s acclaimed Terence Davies, and impeccably acted by a distinguished cast that turns life into art, Benediction is one gorgeous motion picture."
— Rex Reed, Observer