• Unrated, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ken Loach
    In Theaters:
    Apr 12, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 9, 2013
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The Angels' Share Reviews

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

March 3, 2014
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2014
Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 ...

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 3, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A fairy tale with its feet firmly on the ground.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A lark, but it's a serious-minded lark, addressing issues of class and culture, the haves and have-nots.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 26, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Charming enough to satisfy even the trenchant-commentary crowd.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The plot thickens, but the mood grows lighter.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2013
John Anderson
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Unexpectedly, and blithely, amusing.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film itself vaporizes before your eyes, but it's likable. Given its unstable mishmash of thuggery and whimsy, that's something of an achievement.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

April 12, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Like the spirit it celebrates, "The Angel's Share" is a neat little jolt of pleasure - and guaranteed to leave you feeling just a mite warmer.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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While a few farcical moments fizzle, it's mostly charming.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"The Angels' Share" leaves a warm glow.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 11, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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[Mr. Loach] has gone and directed a comedy from a script by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, and it's so delightful that his fans will be clamoring for more.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 11, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Watching it is like receiving a hard slap in the face from someone who expects you to laugh it off, even though the sting lingers.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2013
Ella Taylor
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Graphically observant about the ease with which young men starved of opportunities can turn their energies inward to destroying themselves and one another.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 11, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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While there's no ignoring the social ills that haunt Robbie's hopes, the movie's optimism serves as a cheeky, and surprisingly inspiring, retort.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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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 Source: Film.com | Original Score: 3/10

April 10, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Loach coaxes an endearingly poised performance out of nonprofessional Brannigan, and largely sells these scuffling characters as neither hopeless nor heroic-just terribly human.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2013
Calum Marsh
Village Voice
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[Its] fleeting slapstick tendency wins out, regrettably diminishing the film's social consciousness in the process.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 9, 2013
Steven Boone
Chicago Sun-Times
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Loach's realism always carries a distinct sense of humor, volatility and, most alarmingly in this hypercapitalist new century, a socialist passion for The People.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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It's the Glaswegian specificity that makes this contrived heist comedy mildly enjoyable.

Full Review Source: AV Club

May 23, 2012
Leslie Felperin
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An amiable comedy about young Glaswegian roughnecks discovering the world of whisky, "The Angels' Share" finds helmer Ken Loach and long-term screenwriting partner Paul Laverty in better, breezier form than their rebarbative prior effort,

Full Review Source: Variety

May 23, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Loach and Laverty never fully resolve the yin and yang: the blood and the banter. But it's still rewarding to see these filmmakers exploring a different ton.

Full Review Source: Time Out

May 22, 2012
Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
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There is love, laughter and whisky galore in Ken Loach's unusually joyful comedy drama about delinquent Scottish youths defying the odds society has stacked against them.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 22, 2012
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