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: June 2, 2017
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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.

David Sims
The Atlantic

There's a heightened edge to I, Daniel Blake, an embittered streak of comedy that keeps the otherwise miserable plot from weighing too heavily.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Loach's film isn't as stridently political as it probably sounds. These are just proud people who want to be treated with respect.

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Alistair Ryder
Film Inquiry

I, Daniel Blake is passionate filmmaking to its very core, as well as the rare art house effort that could stand a chance with mainstream audiences.

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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

In the end, the title, seemingly unremarkable, reveals itself as especially poignant. Daniel is crying out for recognition as an "I" -- even if he can't contribute, even if he needs help for a while.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Loach's low-key naturalism, which barely masks his fury at the injustices perpetrated on screen, is matched by Dave Johns's performance as Daniel.

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Alex Casey
New Zealand Herald

Told bluntly but with the utmost in dignity and empathy, this is a film that has the power to change minds and shift preconceived perceptions.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This new Ken Loach landmark sums up everything that has kept his muckraking motor running for decades. An old-school social realist, the 80-year-old filmmaker again speaks up for the exploited lower classes,

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Christy Lemire

I, Daniel Blake is an extremely Ken Loach-y Ken Loach film, for better and for worse.

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Stephen Mayne
Under the Radar

An emotionally powerful dissection of a nightmarish system tips into unnecessary polemic, falling short of the state of a nation piece it could have been.

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