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The Angels' Share (2013)

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88

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 11

The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.

85

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4

The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.

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Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film festival, legendary director Ken Loach , one of Britain's most distinguished and respected filmmakers, who makes tough, uncompromising films about a beleaguered working class with poetry and humor, and longtime writing partner Paul Laverty (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Bread and Roses and My Name is Joe), present an engagingly off-kilter new film, The Angels' Share. Robbie, a young ne'er do well (Paul Brannigan), a broke new father with a good

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Drama, Comedy

Dec 9, 2013

$0.3M

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Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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Despite its ultimate sense of optimism, the Glasgow-set dramedy nevertheless carries a sense of foreboding. And yet, that might not have been the intention.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Loach takes us through the mysteries of whisky making, exploring the subtle tastes and scents in ways that will have audiences wishing they had a dram at hand. But a glass also serves more symbolic purposes ...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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If you want to look for it, you'll find a layer of metaphor (the distilling process as a symbol of the characters' evolution) and social-realist commentary amid the gentle, life-affirming laughs.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Mingling the peaty scent of Scottish street life with a distilled take on unemployed, at-risk youth, director Ken Loach serves up a surprisingly upbeat cocktail thanks to a subplot involving rare whisky.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

With this shaggy-dog tale of four petty Glaswegian criminals and their improbably successful scheme to steal the world's most valuable whiskey, Loach turns navet into a sort of moral philosophy.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As unlikely a fable of redemption as any that Hollywood might deliver, elevated by Loach's insistence on naturalism.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

They're a fun bunch of tart-tongued Scots, and if their adventures don't amount to anything of thematic significance, watching them is a pleasure.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

A surprisingly warm and heartfelt film about a flawed criminal struggling to start a new life after the birth of his first child.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Ken Loach walks on the lighter side

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Drink it up!

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The title, by the way, refers to the distillation process: the 2% of whisky that evaporates in the barrel is known as "the angel's share." I'm afraid there's more than 2% evaporation going on in Loach's latest.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Much like a stiff drink at the end of a long day, "The Angels' Share" gets the job done, but you're probably not going to remember it in the morning.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Loach's realism lends an easygoing, ramshackle quality to the film that smoothes over any lack of tightness.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Director Ken Loach's latest glimpse of the U.K. underclass is really two rather different movies, either of which I would've enjoyed on their own. But they don't really fit together in any satisfying or even logical way.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Angels' Share

Maybe it is just me, but I was completely bored. I only made it about 40 min in, and I had to turn it off.
January 6, 2014
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When he becomes a father, Robbie tries to put his violent life as a street thug behind him; his unexpectedly refined palette for malt whiskey may provide him a means to escape poverty. Powerful drama assaults you up front, offset by working class comedy that lingers throughout. Finishes with a wisp of heist movie for a finely balanced mix sure to lift your spirits.
May 22, 2013
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Charming dramedy about a group of working-class young people in Scotland, but nothing to get too excited about.
April 28, 2013
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