Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea (2016)

After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 16, 2016
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.

James Berardinelli

Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Its initial enigma seems to need no explanation; yet, once deciphered, the film does not falter but moves only deeper into the emotional territory it charts.

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Ellen Murray
Film Ireland Magazine

A quiet, thoughtful film meditating on the question of loss and those death leaves behind, director Kenneth Lonergan delivers a deeply humane portrayal of grief and those who choose to let it define them.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The sadness of "Manchester by the Sea" is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

It's painful and tragic, yet it's cut with elements of humor and laughter. Just like life.

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Paul Whitington
Irish Independent

Manchester by the Sea is wistful, elegiac, and the sights and sounds of an Atlantic fishing town are beautifully captured by the muted cinematography of Jody Lee Lipes. But there are moments of high drama, even comedy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Affleck is magnificent, but the movie is something less than that, because it can't completely overcome some built-in challenges. Even so, Manchester by the Sea deserves honors for being so different, and for working on the mind in a particular way

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

It's Affleck's movie to quietly own as layer upon layer of Irish impassivity is stripped away from his visage until the unspeakable can be spoken.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)

It's atmospheric and directed with precision and a strong feel for local character. But it's dreary when it should be devastating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Sanjay Rema
This is an incredibly sad tale about sad people in a sad town. It's the typical bone-dry film that critics drool over, but it just didn't leave an… More
Spencer Macklin
Casey Affleck truly is among the giants now
KJ Proulx
If you're looking for a recommendation by reading this review, I will first begin by stating that this will be a very subjective film for moviegoers. Even… More
Kevin Mozulay
Avoiding the immensely high praise for Manchester was difficult, so I went in with high expectations. Casey Affleck is in the lead in one of his better… More
Nate Zoebl
Trauma and grief are common colors in the palette of screenwriting. Wounded men and women overcoming loss and sorrow allow us all an opportunity to learn and… More
Joey Traverso
At first glance, it is not difficult to see just how much Manchester by the Sea is dependent on its excellent cast. Both in the dialogue and in the quieter… More