Another Year

Critics Consensus

Characterized by strong performances and the director's trademark feel for the nuances of everyday life, Another Year marks another solid entry in Mike Leigh's career of kitchen-sink English drama.



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Unique improvisational techniques are employed to construct an intimate portrait of people's lives as a married couple that has remained happy over the years is surrounded, during the course of one year, by friends, colleagues and family members, all who suffer some degree of unhappiness.


Critic Reviews for Another Year

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (13)

  • There is something radical in the way Leigh creates such an intimate, closely observed portrait of a marriage and then essentially takes it for granted, looking elsewhere for the drama to propel the narrative.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • See it at your own risk -- but don't miss it.

    Feb 12, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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  • This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.

    Feb 4, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Desperation and fulfillment, anxiety and warmth, pain and contentment -- all come together in the darkly splendid Another Year.

    Feb 4, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Mike Leigh's films are one of a kind.

    Feb 3, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Make no mistake: Another Year is brilliant, heart-breaking, life-affirming and ceaselessly engrossing. It's as deeply felt and humane a work of cinema as anything by Zhang Yimou, Federico Fellini or Ingmar Bergman.

    Jan 28, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Another Year

  • May 02, 2014
    A couple's dysfunctional friends have problems associated with depression and failed relationships. Mike Leigh's films are character pieces that occasionally revolve around a theme, but Another Year lacks a central theme or compelling characters. The film is episodic, and the central characters, played by Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville, survive the film without any profound challenges or conflicts. In essence, they are perfect and everyone around them are fucked up, which makes them boring sticks in the wind. The other characters fail to compel any great emotion. I've read other reviewers whose positive reviews suggest that this film is an affirmation of life. Besides the fact that affirmations of life don't do much for a cynical old bastard like me, true affirmations of life come because one is challenged and survives, not because one looks detached at others' troubles. Overall, I'm starting to give up on Mike Leigh, especially after that Happy Go Lucky shit.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2013
    One guarantee in Leigh's dramas is that the audience will receive fully multi-layered characters, as realistic and believable as people are in real life. For bringing such immaculate personifications on screen, you need a deep understanding of human psychology. Leigh manages to show his empathy and comprehension of these authentic human souls through a) extraordinary performances by either a leading role and some secondary characters, or b) great performances by the entire cast. Here, we have the first case, in which Lesley Manville's persona hides under what seems to be a film with an old couple as main characters. Nobody is a main character here if we exclude the fact that we are invited by the film to stay, talk and eat with Tom and Gerri (heh), who are surrounded by the rest of the people for an entire year. Yet, Leigh always challenges his characters. Either he creates situations that unleash emotional explosions or catharsis, in which they are forced to nude their souls out of their needs to be heard and understood. That is why Winter is my favorite segment; that sequence engulfed the whole theater in silence and expectancy, the scene felt real and honest, the grey tones transmitted us the sadness, and the cold air could be breathed. And so has passed another year: four more seasons of unpredictable events, funerals, family reunions, quarrels and golf matches, with an almost perfect screenplay that allowed a dialogue evolution in the most faithful tradition of Eric Rohmer. 83/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2012
    Another Year is a slow paced tale, from director Mike Leigh, of a couple in their late middle age and their circle of friends over the course of a year. The marvelous Jim Broadbent (Tom) and Ruth Sheen (Gerry) star in this and it is their interplay as the happily married couple that makes this such a delight to watch. It is wordy, but the dialog feels so natural and Gerry's snaggletooth smile is so charming that the film never seems to drag. Lesley Manville plays Mary, a coworker and friend of Mary with a raw neediness that almost pains one to watch. This is definitely not a thrill ride. Be prepared to get emotionally invested in the lives of these ordinary people as they deal with friendship, pain, loss, and new-found love.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    The husband and wife we follow are the essence of Buddha; they live in the moment, aware of the hysterical nature of reality, the delicacy of the human condition, and the sublime beauty of a simple life - tea, a garden, family, and friends. Like a magnet, they draw in people throughout the year who are trying very hard to avoid living in the moment, and we watch them struggle, falling further with the help of various chemicals. This movie captures the genuine spontaneity and flow of life and shows what it looks like when good, albeit human people handle it with joy.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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