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Another Year (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 150
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: Characterized by strong performances and the director's trademark feel for the nuances of everyday life, Another Year marks another solid entry in Mike Leigh's career of kitchen-sink English drama.

Average Rating: 8.9/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Characterized by strong performances and the director's trademark feel for the nuances of everyday life, Another Year marks another solid entry in Mike Leigh's career of kitchen-sink English drama.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 20,289

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Movie Info

Unique improvisational techniques are employed to construct an intimate portrait of people's lives as a married couple that has remained happy over the years is surrounded, during the course of one year, by friends, colleagues and family members, all who suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Rating:
PG-13 (for some language)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Mike Leigh
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 7, 2011
Box Office:
$3.2M
Runtime:
Sony Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Another Year

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (150) | Rotten (12) | DVD (3)

See it at your own risk -- but don't miss it.

Full Review… | February 12, 2011
Newsday
Top Critic

This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Desperation and fulfillment, anxiety and warmth, pain and contentment -- all come together in the darkly splendid Another Year.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Mike Leigh's films are one of a kind.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Another marvel of perfectly drawn, fully realized characters created from the ground up and brought to aching and glorious life.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

It all comes down to affirmation vs. denial. Leigh chooses affirmation. And the result is life-affirming.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Another Year is an extremely accessible and gripping film with beautifully observed character moments and outstanding performances by a superb cast, especially Leslie Manville who shines as Mary.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

It's not the most focused Leigh movie, but plot has never been his strong suit.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Movie Nation

Leigh sculpts Another Year in time like Edgar Degas painted a picture.

Full Review… | July 11, 2012

Mike Leigh is often dumped in the dour, 'kitchen sink' genre of British filmmaking, but that is to overlook his wily sense of humor.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Leigh creates a fascinating diorama in which life-long and contented couple Tom and Gerri sit in sympathy and in judgement on the lonely friends that orbit them.

Full Review… | June 29, 2011
The Ooh Tray

[Observes] the thin lines and acute angles which separate well-adjusted people on a continuing path of contentment from the less fortunate ones who live lives of regret and desperation.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Window to the Movies

The Hepples are a joy to watch. ... Think about it. How often do we see a great marriage on the big screen?

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
Looking Closer

There's a lot of anger and misery around them and yet it's amazing how this film... can also be so warming and affirming.

Full Review… | June 11, 2011
MSN.com

The orbits of friendship remain in balance

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Movie Habit

Brilliantly acted and unafraid of pain, Mike Leigh's latest takes us to uncomfortable places

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Movie Habit

A masterful exploration of aging, family bonds, strength and loneliness. As with all his films, Leigh has reflected both the joy and the struggle of living a real life.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011
Flicks.co.nz

Mike Leigh is a master of bringing awkward characters to life and making them sympathetic.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Movies.com

What's great about this alternately cozy and depressing domestic drama from Mike Leigh is how matter-of-fact it is.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Actors will tell you that Leigh's method gives their characters a hinterland. Why is it, then, that they so often look to me like exaggerated caricatures?

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
Movie Talk

A small symphony of maddening looks and recoils, simmering with Ozuisms and a coziness that couldn't be more confronting.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
CinePassion

Endearing family drama, offering generous dollops of Ozu-like wisdom for dealing with the mundane.

Full Review… | March 6, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie is full of small, revealing moments when a character reaches out to another, or pushes away another, and the aftereffects of the gestures are moving because they are so understated.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

...a bittersweet study of a happy family, its discontented satellites and the ways we sabotage ourselves.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...benefits substantially from its uniformly impressive performances...

Full Review… | February 27, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Another Year

½

A couple's dysfunctional friends have problems associated with depression and failed relationships.
Mike Leigh's films are character pieces that occasionally revolve around a theme, but Another Year lacks a central theme or compelling characters. The film is episodic, and the central characters, played by Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville, survive the film without any profound challenges or conflicts. In essence, they are perfect and everyone around them are fucked up, which makes them boring sticks in the wind. The other characters fail to compel any great emotion.
I've read other reviewers whose positive reviews suggest that this film is an affirmation of life. Besides the fact that affirmations of life don't do much for a cynical old bastard like me, true affirmations of life come because one is challenged and survives, not because one looks detached at others' troubles.
Overall, I'm starting to give up on Mike Leigh, especially after that Happy Go Lucky shit.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

More aptly titled Another 100 Years. One long slog of misery. I kept watching because of all the fine actors in this but it was grindingly downbeat. I've watched other Mike Leigh films so was prepared for a somber tone but this one took it to the extreme. Dreary.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The husband and wife we follow are the essence of Buddha; they live in the moment, aware of the hysterical nature of reality, the delicacy of the human condition, and the sublime beauty of a simple life - tea, a garden, family, and friends. Like a magnet, they draw in people throughout the year who are trying very hard to avoid living in the moment, and we watch them struggle, falling further with the help of various chemicals. This movie captures the genuine spontaneity and flow of life and shows what it looks like when good, albeit human people handle it with joy.

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Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

½

Mike Leigh is truly an interesting writer and director. In "Another Year", he starts with a depressed character that is having trouble sleeping. All she wants from her MD is sleeping pills, but the MD insists that pills will only alleviate the symptoms, not address their cause. So the woman reluctantly decides to see a psychologist. Ok - no big deal, right? But it is, because the woman is only a vehicle - setting a mood and introducing the audience to Geri, the psychologist. After her painful scene with Geri, the woman is never seen on film again. Wow! What a way to begin a film.

So - we are introduced to Geri, and an office co-worker Mary, a middle aged divorcee who is having problems dealing with the single life. She tries way too hard at everything, drinks too much, and frankly, is quite a mess. Mary (in a truly marvelous performance by Leslie Manville) is truly the focus of the film, but really, Leigh has more stories to tell, some more subtle than others.

We are introduced to Geri's husband Tom (the always brilliant Jim Broadbent), and their circle of friends and relatives. Each character has a story to tell, and there is much sadness here; especially concerning ageing and the horrible thought of being alone and adrift, unable to truly connect to those around you. I couldn't help but notice during the film that it seemed that Geri (the psychologist) and Tom seemed to be the only truly stable people around, and they spend their time observing the world around them, secure in the fact that they are comfortable with each other.

So much of what is viewed here is depressing, as it should be - the topic of ageing, and the fear of being alone (after all, we're supposed to be social creatures, right?), are not subjects filled with sunshine. And yet Leigh balances this with hope, in the form of a new and seemingly happy relationship established by Tom and Geri's son (which of course is yet another source of pain for someone else... but that's something you'll have to discover for yourself).

Fine acting abounds here, from Ruth Sheen as Geri, to some of the minor characters, especially that of Tom's friend Ken. Peter Wright is amazing in his drunken, wounded soul - tormented by the fact that life has seemingly passed him by. He seems hell bent on self destruction - perhaps seeing it as the only way out of his misery. Truly epic in his sadness.

The film moves slowly at times, allowing you to really feel the discomfort and distance that surrounds Tom and Geri's circle, but its not until the "winter" segment (yes, there are four segments - hence the title) - that the film begins to lose its way. After wallowing in enough pathos, the film heaps on a meal full (well, it is "winter" which is supposed to be a depressing time of year) - moving at a glacial pace until the final act, which isn't a resolution in any way shape or form - how could it be - this is a story about life... a messy thing that has no easy cures. It leaves you thinking, which I'm sure is what Leigh desired.

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paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Another Year Quotes


Carl:
Don't need an interrogation.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)
Mary:
It's so exciting, isn't it? I feel like Thelma and Louise. This little car is going to change my life.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)
Gerri:
Life's not always kind, is it?
Mary:
No, it isn't, Gerri.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)
Tom:
It's the young person's prerogative to be noisy.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)
Tom:
It's just that the older you get the more relevant it seems. To state the bleedin? Obvious.
Girl in Bar:
We'll be a part of history soon.
Tom:
Exactly.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)
Mary:
He didn't. But he wasn't a bad person. He loved me.
Tom:
Sounds to me like he was a duplicitous shit.
– Submitted by Victor M (17 months ago)

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