Looking for Eric (2010)



Critic Consensus: Ken Loach's latest is an uplifting, entertaining and amusing socio-drama featuring a match-winning performance from Eric Cantona.

Movie Info

A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor in this comedy drama from acclaimed British director Ken Loach. Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) is a postman living in Manchester whose life has been slowly going off the rails ever since his wife, Lily (Stephanie Bishop), walked out on him. Eric has just been released from the hospital after an auto accident, and comes home to a house that's a mess and two teenage sons, Ryan (Gerard Kearns) and Jess (Stefan … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Laverty
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 2009
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as Eric Bishop

as Eric Cantona

as Young Eric

as Young Lily

as Eric's Father

as Ryan's Girlfriend

as Nurse

as Meatballs

as Fenner
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Critic Reviews for Looking for Eric

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (23)

[A] well-meaning misfire.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film feels a little slow at times, but its characters always seem real, and the final scene is genuinely heartwarming...

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In a rousing change of pace, England's master of dramatized poverty, marginalization and despair dabbles in comedy, fantasy, soccer and wish-fulfillment, with charming, audience-pleasing results.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The motley crew of buddies, played by a passel of Manchester stand-up comedians, is a distinctive and amusing lot, and Evets does a great job in the lead

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Top Critic

Loach strains hard for fun in Looking for Eric, but he's like a jokester who doesn't know how to tell a joke.

Full Review… | May 28, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Looking for Eric emerges as a portrait of a world and a way of life.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Looking for Eric

Looking for Eric is a gritty and realistic comedy-drama, which doesn't sacrifice laughter in-spite of all the glumness. Eric Bishop is a typical miserable northener on the surface, and we follow him through his juggling act of a life, as he's helped along by Eric Cantona. It's full of interesting and well devoloped characters, and the acting is really quite striking. Even Eric Cantana is good, proving that sports stars can act (well he is playing himself). Throw a happy ending into the mix, and you have a brilliant story of a man overcoming his troubles, with the help of friends.

Joel K.
Joel Kelly

Super Reviewer

Ken Loach is a great director and doesn't make enough films for my liking. You can harp on about your Danny Boyles all you like, Loach is the best of British (along side Mike Leigh of course). Looking for Eric manages to reach that perfect balance of light humour and gripping drama beautifully. Evets and Cantona are brilliant together in the leading roles and it is great to see the always brilliant John Henshaw in a supporting role on the big screen. A slightly different direction from Loach's usual direction but with all the usual quality film-making. Brilliant.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A delightful, outstanding tragicomedy that is amazingly involving, blending sadness, tenderness and humor in a heart-warming story with a great deal of amazing performances - especially by a hilarious …ric Cantona at his most philosophical.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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