A Most Violent Year


A Most Violent Year

Critics Consensus

Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.



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Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. (C) A24

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Critic Reviews for A Most Violent Year

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  • Sep 24, 2018
    Unspectacular and realistic thriller drama about an early 80s entrepreneur and his attempt to stay above water within the law. The actors are top notch, although Chastain remains underused. Isaac carries the film with his performance, the plot does move a little slowly at times and there are merely a few adrenaline peaks. Still, overall satisfying and well done. Just don't expect to bite your nails in excitement or thrill.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2018
    Excellent performances and engaging story kept me involved. Thankfully, there's more to it than violence!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2016
    It kept me interested. Oscar Isaacs did a good job and the storyline was unique. Instead of the lead guy turning out to be a criminal, he did everything the right way... This prompts doing the right thing instead of doing the wrong thing to get things done - I like that.
    Jim P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2016
    Oscar Isaac as usual is phenomenal. Jessica Chastain is great as usual. This movie is just ok to me though, I felt like it was just missing something
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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