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The Angels' Share Reviews

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April 28, 2015
Probably the first Ken Loach film you could call 'jaunty.'
March 3, 2014
Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2014
The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2014
Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2014
Mingling the peaty scent of Scottish street life with a distilled take on unemployed, at-risk youth, director Ken Loach serves up a surprisingly upbeat cocktail thanks to a subplot involving rare whisky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2013
With this shaggy-dog tale of four petty Glaswegian criminals and their improbably successful scheme to steal the world's most valuable whiskey, Loach turns na´vetÚ into a sort of moral philosophy.
August 17, 2013
...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
August 1, 2013
As unlikely a fable of redemption as any that Hollywood might deliver, elevated by Loach's insistence on naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2013
They're a fun bunch of tart-tongued Scots, and if their adventures don't amount to anything of thematic significance, watching them is a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2013
A surprisingly warm and heartfelt film about a flawed criminal struggling to start a new life after the birth of his first child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
May 26, 2013
Ken Loach walks on the lighter side
May 17, 2013
The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2013
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2013
Drink it up!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2013
[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.
May 3, 2013
The title, by the way, refers to the distillation process: the 2% of whisky that evaporates in the barrel is known as "the angel's share." I'm afraid there's more than 2% evaporation going on in Loach's latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2013
Much like a stiff drink at the end of a long day, "The Angels' Share" gets the job done, but you're probably not going to remember it in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2013
Loach's realism lends an easygoing, ramshackle quality to the film that smoothes over any lack of tightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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