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Everyday (2013)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 9

It suffers from pacing problems and an uneven screenplay, but Michael Winterbottom's Everyday is also a refreshingly unorthodox and admirably naturalistic take on one family's struggle to stay together.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

It suffers from pacing problems and an uneven screenplay, but Michael Winterbottom's Everyday is also a refreshingly unorthodox and admirably naturalistic take on one family's struggle to stay together.



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Karen (Shirley Henderson) is raising four children while her husband Ian is prison for a crime that is never addressed in the film. She juggles the demands of her life as a bartender, a mother and a wife who must frequently travel by train to visit her husband Ian in prison. Their separation becomes increasingly difficult as the children begin to grow and temptations lurk. Still they try to keep things going. Shot over five years at 2 week intervals, the film feels spontaneous, alive and full of



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Moment by moment, it all adds up. The scenes of the family huddling and hugging, greeting and parting, and reaffirming primal bonds are quietly moving.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film's day-to-day aches are quiet and lovingly rendered.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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For better and for worse-mostly for worse-it sticks to the mundane promise of its title.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Even with the actors' laudable work-especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he's a poor man's Simon Pegg-there's not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Wise and involving ...

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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An admirable idea in theory proves to be a real slog to sit through.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Five years in the life of a couple who must improvise their marriage and family life when he is in prison, learning that difficulties in marriage are opportunities to discover ever deeper reserves of love.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Set in a seaside town, there are quite lovely images of the ocean and fields... When a flock of geese is captured gliding through the sky, the camera seems to positively lust after them, because so little else is happening.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Everyday isn't just about time; in a sense, that's all it is.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Here there is glory in the lives of simple, unprivileged folk and the more-or-less banal events of their daily lives.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

While the film charts its protagonist's gradual progression toward a renewed sense of agency and freedom, it rarely indulges in lengthy or even linear narrative arcs.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Everyday might be [Michael Winterbottom's] most ambitious yet, even if it feels like his most modest.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Utilising fluid shots of the English countryside set to one of Michael Nyman's most dynamic scores, Winterbottom makes something surprisingly lyrical of the non-story

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It deserves its cinematic release, thanks to its lingering, poetic-realist images of uncluttered Norfolk landscapes and to Michael Nyman's yearning score.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The sense that we're peeking in on the life of a family under exceptional stress is profound...

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's a sad, undramatic, well observed slice of minimalist realism, an interesting experiment in helping us to share the experience of time slowly passing. But little more.

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is a sensitive, understated film but it does require a good deal of patience on the part of the viewer.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The performances are suitably naturalistic but the script is weak. It often feels like a lazy, if worthy, attempt to convince middle-class audiences that prisoners are human beings.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

[A] resolutely realistic drama about a prisoner and his family visits.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Another great success for the endlessly creative and productive Winterbottom.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for Everyday

'Everyday'. Incredibly intimate and real due to its writing, direction and devotion to time. The score is gloriously melancholy and hopeful all at once.

Filming over five years really does bring out the subtle changes, especially in the child actors, adding to the naturalism of it all. Shirley Henderson is fantastic in carrying the emotional weight.
June 6, 2013

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"Everyday" is the story of Karen(Shirley Henderson) and Ian(John Simm, not playing a time traveler for once), parents of four children. While Ian is serving a prison sentence, Karen takes care of the children while working a succession of low paying jobs. In between, she gets up at the crack of dawn with her children to make the long journey via public transportation to visit him.

And that's it for any kind of plot here, except for maybe the subplot about Karen's burgeoning friendship with another man. But that's pretty much all you need in Michael Winterbottom's supremely naturalistic exploration of the hardships of the families of those behind bars in England where at least everybody seems very polite.
November 25, 2013
Walter M.

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More than any other British film-maker working today, Winterbottom is pushing the boundaries of narrative technique. His latest examines the lives of a family over the course of a father's four year prison stretch. What sets it apart is Winterbottom's decision to shoot it over five years, casting the four young Kirk siblings (two boys and two girls) as the children of Simm and Henderson. The film is essentially based around four prison visits, each roughly a year apart, and seeing the children realistically age adds an extra level of pathos.
Most viewers will no doubt find the film's lack of drama infuriating but the performances, (particularly Henderson's), and Winterbottom's subtle direction make it interesting up to a point. Ultimately however it's a much more successful experiment than it is a piece of story-telling. Michael Nyman's score, though a tad too dramatic for the proceedings it accompanies, is quite beautiful.
January 23, 2013
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