Glassland (2016)


Critic Consensus: Glassland's grim setting is leavened by writer-director Gerard Barrett's compassionate treatment of his characters -- and bolstered by a strong cast led by Toni Collette and Jack Reynor.


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John (Jack Reynor, Transformers: Age of Extinction) lives with his mother, Jean (Toni Collette), in a south Dublin social housing suburb and ekes out a meager living as a nocturnal taxi driver, barely making ends meet. He returns home one morning to find his mother, an unwavering alcoholic, unconscious - and this was not the first time. Hospitalized after this overdose, Jean's best hope is a costly private rehab clinic, but she violently rejects John's attempts to help her, as well as his intentions to unite the family. With no savings or insurance, John is forced to offer his services to a petty criminal to help pay for the pricey recovery program, subsequently forcing him to face a life-changing task that may alter him and his family's lives forever.

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

Glassland smartly plays off Jean's unhinged disintegration against John's tense, subdued control. In that contrast lies the power of this film.

Mar 31, 2016 | Full Review…

A downbeat serving of kitchen-sink social realism with the sink itself thrown in for good measure.

Mar 31, 2016 | Full Review…
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Glassland is a small film with an emotional punch that wallops above its weight class.

Mar 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a hard, spare, tough movie, at times nearly jarring in its lack of adornment.

Feb 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's much in the movie to admire until it runs headlong into a stone wall.

Feb 11, 2016 | Full Review…

In the movie's best scene, as mother and son dance to an old pop song, the look on Reynor's face speaks volumes about loss and hope. It's a look that's going to be breaking hearts on screen for decades to come.

Feb 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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