20th Century Women
20th Century Women (2017)

During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants - a quirky punk photographer (Greta… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 20, 2017
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role -- and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Mills's world is certainly not devoid of pain, but it's leached of bitterness, leached of conflict, leached of aggression, leached of hostility; the pain and the trauma are leached of consequence.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film's greatest strength is its specific set of characters. While no big events or personal crises happen, no one seems two-dimensional or thin.

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Blake Howard
Graffiti With Punctuation

When "20th Century Women" ends, it's not with the same air of hope and possibility. That's after all, not its purpose. Instead it finds an essential shared moment in time where these great characters converge...'we'll always have Santa Barbara in '79.'

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

The film is well worth a look, if just for the performances; just know going in that director Mills calls upon his cast and script to do most of the heavy lifting.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"20th Century Women" takes a while to kick in but eventually finds its groove.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

We finally have a good film that explores what it looks like to raise a male feminist, particularly during this crucial era. More importantly, we finally have a film that actually cares to do so (shout out to writer/director Mike Mills).

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

It's a credit to Mills that he makes it feel like he's making the Earth move even when he's just capturing a snapshot in time.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The drama of Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" takes place in Annette Bening's masterful pauses.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Mike Mills' 20th Century Women features a magnificent ensemble and several intriguing characters, but thanks to a slight case of overcrowding, many of them and their connections to each other are left largely unexplored.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Films like this seem to be inevitable each year. A tone that is off-putting, while still telling a compelling story, making the overall film solid, but… More
Alec Barniskis
Mills has refined his style and writing here, crafting a unique character study that deliberately avoids simplistic resolutions. One of the few period films set… More
Kase Vollebregt
Few films are imbued with such love for its characters. Their warmth and passions and imperfections make their 1979 Santa Barbara boardinghouse home a… More
Philip Price
Time is fleeting. This is a phrase heard countless times throughout our youth and throughout our life as a reminder to cherish the days we're living in as… More
Glenn Gaylord
NO FEAR OF FLYING - My Review of 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (4 1/2 Stars) I grew up in a feminist household. My mother, a dutiful doctor's wife who returned to… More