The Angels' Share
The Angels' Share (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 9, 2013
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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 ...

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Donald Munro
Eye for Film

The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Slipping back and forth between drama and comedy, The Angels' Share initially seems shaggy and unstructured, but that's part of its appeal.

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Ken Loach] and his longtime screenwriter, Paul Laverty, find a good balance between drama and wacky character moments.

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Katherine Monk
Canada.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Maybe it is just me, but I was completely bored. I only made it about 40 min in, and I had to turn it off.
William Dunmyer
Charming dramedy about a group of working-class young people in Scotland, but nothing to get too excited about.
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Mark Walker
This is the 12th collaboration between director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty. Their previous efforts have been mostly very successful films and have… More
Greg S
When he becomes a father, Robbie tries to put his violent life as a street thug behind him; his unexpectedly refined palette for malt whiskey may provide him a… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Angels' Share starts off as gritty drama and ends in feelgood light comedy. I like the idea and I like the meaning of the Angels' Share but for a… More