A Most Violent Year Reviews

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October 17, 2017
I may be wrong, but my feeling is that I won't be able to say I have properly seen this film until I can see it on the big screen.
February 27, 2015
In the end, a little too much rides on what we make of this couple and their partnership, and the movie, well-conceived as it is, has drawn its boundaries a little too tightly.
February 2, 2015
The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.
January 30, 2015
Like that camel-hair coat Abel wears, A Most Violent Year is classy and commands respect, but a stronger pulse under the lapels would make us care much more.
January 29, 2015
[A] tight anti-thriller, one where the violence of the title is more implied than seen.
January 29, 2015
"A Most Violent Year" is a far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you've never seen before.
January 29, 2015
Abel is a man with ideals in a world that has no use for them: If he's going to succeed, he's going to have to use his wits instead of bullets.
January 26, 2015
This isn't a revolutionary or thematically rich motion picture, but it's a well-told story featuring solid performances and a nice sense of atmosphere.
January 23, 2015
Bradford Young's cinematography is awesome, transforming bleak wastelands and mansions into visions of light. It's as if we're seeing everything through the eyes of Morales, to whom America is beauty incarnate.
January 23, 2015
Gritty, suspenseful and almost poetic in its depiction of an unforgiving town, A Most Violent Year is just shy of being great.
January 22, 2015
A 1980s New York organised crime thriller that confounds the mobster mould.
January 22, 2015
A lot of movies spin their wheels fast and create the illusion that important things are happening. A Most Violent Year, one of the best movies of 2014, does the opposite.
January 22, 2015
Chandor, who previously wrote and directed "Margin Call" and "All Is Lost," is already a master storyteller, and "A Most Violent Year" unfolds with beautifully controlled tension.
January 22, 2015
Chandor deliberately keeps things on simmer for much of the runtime: the point here is to avoid the violence that bends the time out of joint.
January 22, 2015
JC Chandor is fast becoming one of America's most intriguing and unpredictable filmmakers.
January 22, 2015
Chandor's movie has one foot in the genre of organised crime and another in the city drama of family loyalty and political grime: the tough film-making of James Gray and Sidney Lumet (and before them, Elia Kazan).
January 16, 2015
[Isaac's] coiled, charismatic performance strongly evokes Al Pacino as the young Michael Corleone, and Chandor's intelligent screenplay turns on a similar dilemma of how to maintain one's personal ethics in a cutthroat environment.
January 16, 2015
"A Most Violent Year" sets the stage for a showdown between principles and base instincts that never satisfyingly arrives.
January 15, 2015
"Year" is a fascinating movie but, despite its title, it's fairly flat - the pace rarely modulates. A work to admire, sometimes very much, but not an easy one to love.
January 15, 2015
"A Most Violent Year" is an engrossing, often beautiful film, and a breakout opportunity for Isaac, whose similarly self-contained performance as a sadly self-aware folk singer in "Inside Llewyn Davis" was unfortunately overlooked last year.
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