The Angels' Share

2013

The Angels' Share (2013)

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Critic Consensus: The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.

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Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film festival, legendary director Ken Loach , one of Britain's most distinguished and respected filmmakers, who makes tough, uncompromising films about a beleaguered working class with poetry and humor, and longtime writing partner Paul Laverty (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Bread and Roses and My Name is Joe), present an engagingly off-kilter new film, The Angels' Share. Robbie, a young ne'er do well (Paul Brannigan), a broke new father with a good heart is in serious trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, roguish Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with more opportunities than he has been offered in this insular, blue collar world. But first Robbie must sort out a variety of pressing problems --his girlfriend's family wants to do him harm and run him out of town being first and foremost among them. He is given a lucky break by a judge who shows mercy, granting him community service instead of jail. Here he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo, former petty criminals also down on their luck. (c) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for The Angels' Share

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Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.

Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Despite its ultimate sense of optimism, the Glasgow-set dramedy nevertheless carries a sense of foreboding. And yet, that might not have been the intention.

Jan 1, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.

May 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Loach takes us through the mysteries of whisky making, exploring the subtle tastes and scents in ways that will have audiences wishing they had a dram at hand. But a glass also serves more symbolic purposes ...

May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you want to look for it, you'll find a layer of metaphor (the distilling process as a symbol of the characters' evolution) and social-realist commentary amid the gentle, life-affirming laughs.

May 9, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Angels' Share

Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Leverty manage to find a remarkable balance between drama and dark humor in this engaging comedy full of heart, with the result feeling almost like a fine Scotch whisky - a real pleasure to the senses that makes you always wanting more.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Maybe it is just me, but I was completely bored. I only made it about 40 min in, and I had to turn it off.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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When he becomes a father, Robbie tries to put his violent life as a street thug behind him; his unexpectedly refined palette for malt whiskey may provide him a means to escape poverty. Powerful drama assaults you up front, offset by working class comedy that lingers throughout. Finishes with a wisp of heist movie for a finely balanced mix sure to lift your spirits.

Greg S
Greg S

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