I, Daniel Blake
I, Daniel Blake (2017)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time:… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 2017
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2018
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography.

Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

Whichever side you come down on, Johns' and Squires' low-key performances are impressive, and the technological/red-tape hurdles their characters face feel stingingly accurate.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a simple story about a hot topic. It's wonderfully told, full of deep compassion, scalding rage and surprising humor. It's not to be missed.

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Lynden Barber

[Ken] Loach is British cinema's Charles Dickens - a humanist who deserves to be long remembered for holding up a mirror to society with compelling stories and indelible characters.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Politically, of course, it cleaves to the left, yet by temperament it shrinks from progress.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Johns makes it all bearable. Inviting, even. His performance has such a gentle humanity, even (especially) in the darkest scenes that you can't turn away.

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Uri Klein

... confronts that reality and those characters from an angle that allows them to become a kind of mirror held up before Britain - a mirror showing images that are ominously critical, yet crystalline in their humanity.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Ken Loach has been making movies about the British working class since the mid-60s, and this masterful dramatic feature proves that even after all these years he can still work himself up into righteous, white-hot rage.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Brims with spirit, sympathy and candor as it tackles the catastrophic displacement brought on by economic and technological change.

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Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]

I, Daniel Blake finds plenty to be angry about as his titular hero struggling to make his way through the welfare state.

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After Looking For Eric, The Angels' Share and Jimmy's Hall I think it's fair to say that Ken Loach, in his twilight years, wasn't quite as… More
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Far and away the best and most important film of recent times, this depicts life in the first world, when you are put into the welfare machine, and if it spits… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Centered on a proud protagonist struggling with the revolting indifference of a state that doesn't care about those in need, this bleak and depressing film… More
Ian Walker
An absolutely stunning film from one of my favourite directors, Ken Loach. This is heartbreaking, depressing and dismal. But it also shows the spirit of… More
K Nife Churchkey
It is amazing that it has taken this long for "I, Daniel Blake" to even get a limited US release. As winner of last year's Palme d'Or at the… More