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.
| Original Score: 10/10
It's not the most focused Leigh movie, but plot has never been his strong suit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Leigh sculpts Another Year in time like Edgar Degas painted a picture.
| Original Score: 81/100
Mike Leigh is often dumped in the dour, 'kitchen sink' genre of British filmmaking, but that is to overlook his wily sense of humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
[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.
| Original Score: 8/10
The Hepples are a joy to watch. ... Think about it. How often do we see a great marriage on the big screen?
| Original Score: 7.5/10
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.
The orbits of friendship remain in balance
Brilliantly acted and unafraid of pain, Mike Leigh's latest takes us to uncomfortable places
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mike Leigh is a master of bringing awkward characters to life and making them sympathetic.
What's great about this alternately cozy and depressing domestic drama from Mike Leigh is how matter-of-fact it is.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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?
A small symphony of maddening looks and recoils, simmering with Ozuisms and a coziness that couldn't be more confronting.
Endearing family drama, offering generous dollops of Ozu-like wisdom for dealing with the mundane.
| Original Score: A
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
...a bittersweet study of a happy family, its discontented satellites and the ways we sabotage ourselves.
| Original Score: 90/100
...benefits substantially from its uniformly impressive performances...
See it at your own risk -- but don't miss it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4