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20th Century Women Reviews

January 23, 2017
Mills's world is certainly not devoid of pain, but it's leached of bitterness, leached of conflict, leached of aggression, leached of hostility; the pain and the trauma are leached of consequence.
January 20, 2017
The film is well worth a look, if just for the performances; just know going in that director Mills calls upon his cast and script to do most of the heavy lifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 20, 2017
It's a credit to Mills that he makes it feel like he's making the Earth move even when he's just capturing a snapshot in time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 19, 2017
The film's greatest strength is its specific set of characters. While no big events or personal crises happen, no one seems two-dimensional or thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2017
"20th Century Women" takes a while to kick in but eventually finds its groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2017
The drama of Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" takes place in Annette Bening's masterful pauses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 13, 2017
The most surprising part of the movie is how well Mills writes his three women, and how accurately he pinpoints their very distinct anxieties.
January 13, 2017
If the small domestic drama established in this rich period setting proves satisfyingly emotional, it is because the characters are acutely well observed, both by Mills's script and by his excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2017
There's not a single false, "actor-y" note in Bening's work. It is a master class in nuanced acting, and it is deserving of an Academy Award.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2017
Bening's characters are always as comfortable as Dorothea's abode; we never see or feel the exertion behind the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2017
20th Century Women will likely mean more to anyone old enough to have experienced the '70s, but the movie's big draw is Bening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 12, 2017
As a celebration of personal and social history, "20th Century Women" takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2017
Every time the story is on a knife edge and can drop deeper into turmoil or recede back to the normal flows and ebbs of life, Mills chooses the latter. But this time, the strategy works. It feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2017
If you're looking for the big plot twist, the dramatic breakdown, the heroic action or some other revelation, you won't find it here. Instead we see a woman working through her life, albeit in unconventional ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2017
It breathes with the open-ended friendliness of a '70s film - vintage Jonathan Demme, perhaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2017
A fiercely inquisitive performance from Annette Bening buoys this otherwise pedestrian indie drama by writer-director Mike Mills.
January 5, 2017
"20th Century Women" doesn't get unduly hung up on plot, or even with the usual forward motion of a coming-of-age narrative. It's a group portrait of a makeshift family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2016
A thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of.
December 30, 2016
If 20th Century Women is as wistful and pleasant as an ocean breeze, its message also dissipates about as quickly as the sand between your toes.
December 29, 2016
20th Century Women is something special.
December 28, 2016
A simply glorious Annette Bening (the Academy needs to that Best Actress nomination happen) leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills' semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in the age of 1970's feminism and punk rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2016
Despite the movie's title and Bening's central role, women are oddly peripheral.
December 27, 2016
Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him.
December 27, 2016
Despite being set in the late 1970s, "20th Century Women" feels like the perfect movie for this moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 25, 2016
A bracing, invigorating gulp of cinematic oxygen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 23, 2016
The most pleasurable aspect of 20th Century Women (and it's pleasurable throughout) is that it allows itself to be messy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2016
Plotwise, Women is a wisp; as a mood piece, though, it's almost irresistibly rich.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
December 22, 2016
Detail-packed but never dull, with dialogue that absolutely sings and characters we want to stay with forever, it's the kind of work that begs revisiting, like a favorite collection of short stories.
December 22, 2016
[Mills is] good with actors, and with Bening especially, he's really keyed into her prodigious gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2016
20th Century Women is irreducible ... although certain adjectives and adverbs do leap to mind: generous, reflective, absolutely delightful.
Top Critic
December 20, 2016
20th Century Women proves that Mike Mills is the real deal, that his previous success story was not a fluke but the announcement of an exciting new voice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2016
Mills - who last gave the semi-autobiographical treatment to his dad in "Beginners" - draws on strong memories and a rich imagination to recreate Santa Barbara circa 1979 and its denizens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2016
The movie belongs wholeheartedly to Bening, and to the age, come and gone, that she enshrines.
October 12, 2016
When 20th Century Women concerns itself with the utterly human question of personal satisfaction, it's huggable: the kind of movie you wish more directors had the courage to grab for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2016
"20th Century Women" is an endless chain of anecdotes, and though many individual moments are winning, the movie as a whole is rudderless. It never achieves an emotional power surge.
October 7, 2016
The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening ...
October 7, 2016
The result is much more complex and exploratory than Beginners which, for all its charm, felt a little thin.
October 7, 2016
Less twee and more textured than Beginners, this is the film that Mike Mills was put on this planet to make.
Full Review | Original Score: A-