Another Year

2010

Another Year (2010)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Another Year

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (35)

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

Feb 3, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Another Year

½

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

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½

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

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½

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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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 Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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