20th Century Women Reviews

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January 7, 2020
Mills, to his credit, creates realistic scenarios with natural dialogue, but this also happens to make the movie, well, very boring.
December 27, 2017
By sheer repetition, 20th Century Women becomes Dorothea's coming of age story 40 years late. Mills' movie is ultimately as aimless as her life has been, messy and marked by fleeting pleasures but not enough.
September 19, 2017
Mills doesn't seem able to get an overview away from his own perspective of the time.
August 28, 2017
20th Century Women doesn't entertain, not as a moment in time or as a study in 20th century women's characters.
June 30, 2017
The narrative is fully under the director's control, but in this case this isn't a good thing because he controls the past, present, and future, thus the character development is linear and banal.
June 27, 2017
Writer/director Mike Mills, who gave us the fabulous film Beginners, tries hard to inject style into this semi-biographical coming-of-age yarn, but it's a long, slow haul.
March 22, 2017
Mike Mills' 20th Century Women features a magnificent ensemble and several intriguing characters, but thanks to a slight case of overcrowding, many of them and their connections to each other are left largely unexplored.
February 12, 2017
A missed opportunity.
February 9, 2017
Given the impressive intellectual and cultural insight of certain scenes, the narrative aimlessness is frustrating, as emotion is built only to dissipate. Overall, 20th Century Women is somewhat less than the sum of its parts.
February 9, 2017
Exasperatingly supercilious and smug - unfocused, self-consciously cute, nostalgic and empathetic, but never properly funny. It feels like someone else's long therapy session.
February 9, 2017
20th Century Women, deeply charming though it is, takes its cues from Dorothea's parenting. It may seem all loosey-goosey but there's a dictatorial streak underneath, as there is in so much US filmmaking, indie or otherwise.
January 27, 2017
20th Century Women is really a politically correct emotional biography of that 21st-century anomaly: a non-gender-specific male.
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
When you don't buy into a movie, even the skillfully-turned witticisms float there as isolated one-liners instead of insights in a larger, connected tapestry.
January 20, 2017
The title is a bit of a misnomer.
January 19, 2017
What's intended to be poignant or profound is instead too precious, and what's meant to be insightful is often confusing.
January 19, 2017
It all seems like an excuse for writer/director Mike Mills to revel in the time and place and play lots of cool music.
January 19, 2017
Simply put, they are not very interesting or intelligent people. They're just a bunch of rudderless nitwits drifting down this lazy and chaotic river of a movie.
January 18, 2017
A rather poorly directed and edited movie about a mother struggling to raise her son in a world she doesn't quite understand or embrace.
January 13, 2017
The result is a film that alternates between universality and navel-gazing, with the latter turned irritating and the former too superficial
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