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A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor in this comedy drama from acclaimed British director Ken Loach. Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) is a postman living in Manchester whose life has been slowly going off the rails ever since his wife, Lily (Stephanie Bishop), walked out on him. Eric has just been released from the hospital after an auto accident, and comes home to a house that's a mess and two teenage sons, Ryan (Gerard Kearns) and Jess (Stefan Gumbs), who regard their dad as an annoyance rather than an authority figure. Eric's oldest… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] well-meaning misfire."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The motley crew of buddies, played by a passel of Manchester stand-up comedians, is a distinctive and amusing lot, and Evets does a great job in the lead"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Softly goes to the heart of its working-class survivors as just so much mush."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A conventional and entirely dishonest turn of events ... undermine[s] everything that has come before in Looking for Eric."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"An unpersuasive exercise in what might be called kitchen-sink magic realism..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The film feels a little slow at times, but its characters always seem real, and the final scene is genuinely heartwarming..."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Loach strains hard for fun in Looking for Eric, but he's like a jokester who doesn't know how to tell a joke."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Lighter than the usual Ken Loach feature, Looking for Eric marks a departure of sorts for the solemn director, but ultimately, it's a minor work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Loachov "cinema verite" stil, prema kojemu prosječni reality izgleda namjeten, predstavljat će popriličnu novinu za obične gledatelje"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"A magical realist comedy that flirts uncomfortably with serious drama at times, the film sees its veteran director fouling due to an unsure grip on his material."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"In a rousing change of pace, England's master of dramatized poverty, marginalization and despair dabbles in comedy, fantasy, soccer and wish-fulfillment, with charming, audience-pleasing results."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Looking for Eric emerges as a portrait of a world and a way of life."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Whimsical tale of two Erics is a winner."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Looking for Eric would be a whole lot better if it never found Eric."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"There's some smart and sweet material -- in particular, some story elements and character-driven moments -- that would probably appeal to a wider audience if only Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty had toned things down in respect to the dialogue."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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