Year by the Sea (2017)

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After 30 years as a wife and mother, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband to Kansas. Intent to rediscover herself but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling upon a spirited mentor. Supported by her literary agent and a host of locals, including a sexy fisherman, our heroine learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life--ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Joan Anderson.

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The dialogue consists of almost comically generic self-help pabulum, uttered with the pseudo sincerity of someone pretending it's something enlightening. It's not.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Instead of a hearty chowder of emotional highs and lows, first-time director Alexander Janko, who also adapted the script, settles for a diluted, Campbell's-Soup version of getting one's groove back.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/4

"Year by the Sea" is for audiences who don't trust the shiftiness of nuance and craft, of messages that rise up from dramatic situations rather than being pasted on top of them, and who would prefer their life lessons stated loudly ...

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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The soundtrack alone, with its intrusive string of montage-backing soft rock tunes, could shut down less forgiving viewers.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

A figurative and nearly retch-inducing celebration of the ovary.

Sep 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie is not entirely my cup of tea, although it is refreshing in its depiction of diverse, older female characters.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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