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
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Critic Score: 89% 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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Sean Burns
Spliced Personality

Clean-shaven Billy Crudup comes off like a creep, but give him a big floppy '70s moustache and the guy's a movie star.

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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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Camilla Long
Sunday Times (UK)

Annette Bening gives a subtle tour de force as the crumbling heroine of this feminist epic.

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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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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)

A missed opportunity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% 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
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
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
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