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      Kenneth Lonergan

      Kenneth Lonergan

      Highest Rated: 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 43% The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

      Birthday: Oct 16, 1962

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Known for his insightful character studies and unique ability to draw real drama out of the outwardly mundane, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan boasted a career that was, in many ways, both impressive and surprising. After attracting significant early attention as a member of New York's Naked Angels theater company with his acerbic and insightful comedy-drama "This is Our Youth" in 1996, Lonergan earned his first screen credit as one of writers on the Robert De Niro-Billy Crystal hit comedy "Analyze This" (1999). After taking on a purely mercenary writing assignment for the film adaptation of "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2000), Lonergan displayed his true passion and understated talent with the low-key, but impactful family drama "You Can Count on Me" (2000). The film went on to earn widespread acclaim and helped launch the film career of longtime Lonergan friend and collaborator, Mark Ruffalo. Further stage works like 2000's "The Waverly Gallery" and script contributions to Martin Scorsese's sweeping "Gangs of New York" (2002) solidified the consensus that he was indeed an artist to watch. And then, nothing, until his sophomore feature film effort - filmed in 2005 - "Margaret" (2011) was given a limited release six years later, due to a bitter dispute between the writer-director and the studio over the movie's running time. Any bad feeling from that experience were likely swept away by the reception afforded his next film, the searing family drama "Manchester by the Sea" (2016), a commercial and critical success that brought Lonergan the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as a Best Actor award for leading man Casey Affleck. While not the most prolific filmmaker of his generation, audiences could always count on a thought-provoking look at the lives of identifiable characters in any Lonergan offering.

      Highest rated movies

      You Can Count on Me poster You Can Count on Me




      96% 78% Manchester by the Sea Director,
      $47.7M 2016
      75% 49% Margaret Director,
      $46.5K 2011
      No Score Yet 26% Marie and Bruce Unknown (Character) - 2004
      72% 81% Gangs of New York Screenwriter - 2002
      95% 88% You Can Count on Me Ron (Character),
      $9.2M 2000
      43% 20% The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Writer $26.0M 2000
      69% 62% Analyze This Writer,
      $106.8M 1999


      87% 62% Howards End on Masterpiece Writer 2017