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Another Year Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 24, 2011
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 12, 2011
See it at your own risk -- but don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2011
This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 4, 2011
Desperation and fulfillment, anxiety and warmth, pain and contentment -- all come together in the darkly splendid Another Year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
Mike Leigh's films are one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 27, 2011
Another marvel of perfectly drawn, fully realized characters created from the ground up and brought to aching and glorious life.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2011
It all comes down to affirmation vs. denial. Leigh chooses affirmation. And the result is life-affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 27, 2011
[Leigh] may well have made his happiest - and best - movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 21, 2011
What a challenge it must be to mine our ordinary lives in ways that reveal and revel in the quietly meaningful. It is a challenge British writer-director Mike Leigh meets in Another Year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 21, 2011
Only Leigh could find so much pathos in ripe, rounded happiness...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 20, 2011
It's a core sample of human experience in an average, regular year from spring through winter, with life and death and hope and disappointment layered atop one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 20, 2011
Leigh has found yet another way to express certain incompatibilities of class by framing them as emotional conflicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2011
Mike Leigh creates complete little universes in his films, lived-in worlds populated by naturalistic characters who behave not like people in movies behave, but the way people in real life behave.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Another Year continues in the vein of Leigh's last feature, Happy-Go-Lucky, considering characters who've made peace with their lives and others who are still at war (and losing).
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 14, 2011
Extracting big drama out of small events is Mike Leigh's forte, and with his latest little masterpiece, Another Year, the English director pushes himself to the extreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2011
"Another Year" is a gutsy movie, in that Leigh says something about life that nobody really wants to believe, and he says it forcefully: There is such a thing as "too late."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 13, 2011
Another Year, a terrific new Mike Leigh movie, assesses that moment in every thinking person's life when the question "what now?" exceeds physical survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 13, 2011
Not quite every year brings a new Mike Leigh film, but the years that do are blessed with his sympathy, penetrating observation, and instinct for human comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2011
The film has precious little in the way of didactic working-class nobility or cheap gags aimed at the peanut gallery. What it does have is an overwhelming bittersweet melancholy...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Leigh does not set these people apart from us. They are us.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 30, 2010
The acting is ... uniformly terrific, and Manville as Mary is particularly outstanding. It's virtuoso work in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 30, 2010
Initially, it doesn't seem as if much is going on, but the casual details, nuanced performances and clever dialogue are hard to shake from memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 29, 2010
Everything is fully realized and superbly crafted; the sense of intimacy Leigh creates as writer and director is never broken, for better and for worse.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 29, 2010
I haven't seen a film this year that so openly invited me to revile each and every one of its characters -- and I reviewed The Human Centipede.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 29, 2010
It illuminates profoundly in matters of class, age, family, friendship, economics and even nationality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 29, 2010
The perfect haven from the cheap ironies and cruel indifference we all have to field both in life and, far too often, at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2010
It may sound commonplace, but in the hands of master filmmaker Mike Leigh, the everyday becomes extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2010
To quote Paul McCartney, another great British artist who is almost exactly Mr. Leigh's age: Where do they all come from? Where do they all belong?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 28, 2010
The performances are winning, the story is surprising without relying on unlikely twists, and the relationships are the richest and most nuanced since Leigh's Secrets & Lies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
Perhaps no one but Leigh could make such a character so sympathetic; perhaps no one but Leigh would then weave an entire movie around someone so tiresome.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 27, 2010
Another year, another Mike Leigh gem...
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 22, 2010
These characters are more than what we see on the surface, and it's thanks to Leigh's rigorous yet generous eye that we never just gawk at the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in the life of a decent but dull suburban couple and their friends, most of whom you would go out of your way to avoid at a party.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 6, 2010
Mike Leigh's latest... is almost about nothing at all, and yet it gently juxtaposes the big issues of everyday life: loneliness and love, selfishness and kindness, birth and death.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 26, 2010
Makes you appreciate that there are still a few people out there for whom film is still a worthy artistic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: A