Another Year (2010)



Critic 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.
PG-13 (for some language)
Comedy , Drama
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Ruth Sheen
as Gerri
David Bradley
as Ronnie
Stuart McQuarrie
as Tom's Colleague
Eileen Davies
as Mourner
Mary Jo Randle
as Mourner
Ben Roberts
as Mourner
David Hobbs
as Vicar
Buddy Uzzaman
as Mr. Gupta
Badi Uzzaman
as Mr. Gupta
Meneka Das
as Mr. Gupta's Friend
Ralph Ineson
as Drill Worker
Edna Dore
as Allotment Lady
Gary Powell
as Man in Bar
Lisa McDonald
as Girl in Bar
Phil Davis
as Jack
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Critic Reviews for Another Year

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (35)

See it at your own risk -- but don't miss it.

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Desperation and fulfillment, anxiety and warmth, pain and contentment -- all come together in the darkly splendid Another Year.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Mike Leigh's films are one of a kind.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Another marvel of perfectly drawn, fully realized characters created from the ground up and brought to aching and glorious life.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

It all comes down to affirmation vs. denial. Leigh chooses affirmation. And the result is life-affirming.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Another Year


A fascinating drama that slowly grows on us with a simple yet nuanced story that follows a year in the life of normal people. The whole cast is fantastic, and Lesley Manville deserves an Oscar for her outstanding performance as Mary the eccentric friend.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


More aptly titled Another 100 Years. One long slog of misery. I kept watching because of all the fine actors in this but it was grindingly downbeat. I've watched other Mike Leigh films so was prepared for a somber tone but this one took it to the extreme. Dreary.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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