• Unrated, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ken Loach
    In Theaters:
    Apr 12, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 9, 2013
  • IFC Films

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The Angels' Share Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

March 3, 2014
Donald Munro
Eye for Film

The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2014
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2014
Katherine Monk
Canada.com

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 Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2014
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2014
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

August 17, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As unlikely a fable of redemption as any that Hollywood might deliver, elevated by Loach's insistence on naturalism.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 1, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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 Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 12, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.0/5

June 30, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Ken Loach walks on the lighter side

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

May 26, 2013
Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Drink it up!

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 3, 2013
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2013
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

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 Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Loach's realism lends an easygoing, ramshackle quality to the film that smoothes over any lack of tightness.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Director Ken Loach's latest glimpse of the U.K. underclass is really two rather different movies, either of which I would've enjoyed on their own. But they don't really fit together in any satisfying or even logical way.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2013
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