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The Angels' Share Reviews

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
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
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 3, 2013
[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.
May 2, 2013
A fairy tale with its feet firmly on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2013
A lark, but it's a serious-minded lark, addressing issues of class and culture, the haves and have-nots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 25, 2013
Charming enough to satisfy even the trenchant-commentary crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2013
The plot thickens, but the mood grows lighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2013
Unexpectedly, and blithely, amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2013
The film itself vaporizes before your eyes, but it's likable. Given its unstable mishmash of thuggery and whimsy, that's something of an achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 12, 2013
Like the spirit it celebrates, "The Angel's Share" is a neat little jolt of pleasure - and guaranteed to leave you feeling just a mite warmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2013
While a few farcical moments fizzle, it's mostly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2013
"The Angels' Share" leaves a warm glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 11, 2013
[Mr. Loach] has gone and directed a comedy from a script by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, and it's so delightful that his fans will be clamoring for more.
April 11, 2013
Watching it is like receiving a hard slap in the face from someone who expects you to laugh it off, even though the sting lingers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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April 11, 2013
Graphically observant about the ease with which young men starved of opportunities can turn their energies inward to destroying themselves and one another.
April 11, 2013
While there's no ignoring the social ills that haunt Robbie's hopes, the movie's optimism serves as a cheeky, and surprisingly inspiring, retort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2013
Just how is one supposed to react, in 2013, to a non-ironic use of the Proclaimers' "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" in a musical montage?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
April 9, 2013
Loach coaxes an endearingly poised performance out of nonprofessional Brannigan, and largely sells these scuffling characters as neither hopeless nor heroic-just terribly human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2013
[Its] fleeting slapstick tendency wins out, regrettably diminishing the film's social consciousness in the process.
March 21, 2013
Loach's realism always carries a distinct sense of humor, volatility and, most alarmingly in this hypercapitalist new century, a socialist passion for The People.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2012
It's the Glaswegian specificity that makes this contrived heist comedy mildly enjoyable.
May 23, 2012
An amiable comedy about young Glaswegian roughnecks discovering the world of whisky, "The Angels' Share" finds helmer Ken Loach and long-term screenwriting partner Paul Laverty in better, breezier form than their rebarbative prior effort,
May 22, 2012
Loach and Laverty never fully resolve the yin and yang: the blood and the banter. But it's still rewarding to see these filmmakers exploring a different ton.
May 22, 2012
There is love, laughter and whisky galore in Ken Loach's unusually joyful comedy drama about delinquent Scottish youths defying the odds society has stacked against them.