20th Century Women Reviews

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September 19, 2017
Mills doesn't seem able to get an overview away from his own perspective of the time.
May 31, 2017
It's a nice film with some great moments but Mills' touch is too tentative to make all that talk buzz and hum as resonantly as it should.
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 7, 2017
Mills' perspective on formative relationships is absorbing, and he seems like a great guy.
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.
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.
January 19, 2017
"20th Century Women" takes a while to kick in but eventually finds its groove.
January 18, 2017
The drama of Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" takes place in Annette Bening's masterful pauses.
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.
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.
January 12, 2017
Bening's characters are always as comfortable as Dorothea's abode; we never see or feel the exertion behind the acting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 12, 2017
It breathes with the open-ended friendliness of a '70s film - vintage Jonathan Demme, perhaps.
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.
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