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The Angels' Share Reviews

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Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
May 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah McGill
The List
May 23, 2012
Something's gone wrong when a would-be cheerful comedy leaves you feeling as if a condescending finger has been wagged in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
April 9, 2013
[Its] fleeting slapstick tendency wins out, regrettably diminishing the film's social consciousness in the process.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2013
Ken Loach's breezy scribble about lowlife redemption and drunken buffoonery isn't so much heavy-handed as it is charmingly weightless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 10, 2013
Just how is one supposed to react, in 2013, to a non-ironic use of the Proclaimers' "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" in a musical montage?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Simon Abrams
The Playlist
April 10, 2013
Some good laughs and a passable air of bonhomie do nothing to cover up the fact that The Angels' Share is totally lightweight and distractingly underdone.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ellen E Jones
Little White Lies
May 31, 2012
The time is ripe for a great Ken Loach film. If only Ken Loach was up for making one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 26, 2013
While it has some likable characters, particularly its charismatic lead, it's impossible to shake the feeling that we've seen this movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
May 17, 2013
The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
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 na´vetÚ into a sort of moral philosophy.
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
April 11, 2013
With The Angels' Share, Ken Loach expertly combines a handful of genres which congeal into an often funny, always charming affair that serves as a salute to whisky to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
If I had to make a comparison, I'd say it is an unlikely pairing of Green Street Hooligans and Sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A surprisingly warm and heartfelt film about a flawed criminal struggling to start a new life after the birth of his first child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Tony Stamp
Flicks.co.nz
October 18, 2012
Finds room for some well-earned warm fuzzies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 12, 2013
While a few farcical moments fizzle, it's mostly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 2, 2012
The feel-good comedy of the summer. Who knew?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 20, 2012
The redemptive path is paved with laughter and charm, mixes mirth with tears beautifully
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
May 24, 2012
The Angels' Share is often hilarious, always hugely charming, and carries a wholly appropriate social message.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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