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The Angels' Share Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Probably the first Ken Loach film you could call 'jaunty.'
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 3, 2014
Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
January 1, 2014
The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
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
Katherine Monk
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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Eric D. Snider
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+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Ken Loach walks on the lighter side
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 9, 2013
Drink it up!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
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
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
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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