Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Critic Consensus: Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
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Critic Reviews for Manchester by the Sea
Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.
The sadness of "Manchester by the Sea" is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.
Affleck is magnificent, but the movie is something less than that, because it can't completely overcome some built-in challenges. Even so, Manchester by the Sea deserves honors for being so different, and for working on the mind in a particular way
Its initial enigma seems to need no explanation; yet, once deciphered, the film does not falter but moves only deeper into the emotional territory it charts.
It's painful and tragic, yet it's cut with elements of humor and laughter. Just like life.
Audience Reviews for Manchester by the Sea
Started off really well, but gets long and drawn out, and honestly I liked the character more when he was just a grumpy bugger before the past trauma is revealed. I watched about half (and it's over two hours long). Michelle Williams is underused. It's a well made movie, I can understand the praise, but my copy was on loan and I needed to return it, but didn't have enough interest to renew it.
Manchester by the Sea is a sensitive character study that feels profoundly human and finds an enviable balance between drama and humor. Full review on filmotrope. com
Manchester by the Sea is like a mournful symphony gently guided under the masterful direction of its conductor. The adagio pace of the film unfolds as a contemplative composition. At 2 hours 17 minutes, it's leisurely pace can tax the viewer's patience, but the rewards are great. It's a work marked by the modulation of sensitivity as we witness an evolution of poignant discussions. Happy, sad, angry - our undulating emotion crescendos with a heartbreaking conversation. The account ultimately continues on to the gentle sublime cadence. This is a movie about self-discovery. As such, we learn more about our character as the chronicle develops. It's that gradual reveal of the narrative that keeps the audience captivated. Lee isn't noticeably that much different at the end than he was at the beginning. Yet our appreciation for this man has developed. It's an ending that plays out like life. This saga isn't finished but we understand so much more now than we did when we started. I was enriched by the ride. fastfilmreviews.com
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