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The Angels' Share
Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film festival, legendary director Ken Loach , one of Britain's most distinguished and respected filmmakers, who makes tough, uncompromising films about a beleaguered working class with poetry and humor, and longtime writing partner Paul Laverty (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Bread and Roses and My Name is Joe), present an engagingly off-kilter new film, The Angels' Share. Robbie, a young ne'er do well (Paul Brannigan), a broke new father with a good heart is in serious trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"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 ..."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism."
‑ Donald Munro, Eye for Film
"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 naïveté into a sort of moral philosophy."
‑ Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A surprisingly warm and heartfelt film about a flawed criminal struggling to start a new life after the birth of his first child."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"As unlikely a fable of redemption as any that Hollywood might deliver, elevated by Loach's insistence on naturalism."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Ken Loach walks on the lighter side"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
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