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
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2017
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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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The film retains a precision and grace throughout and even the occasional clanging bit doesn't detract that much.

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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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Francesca Steele
The Spectator

This is not a story that ties things up neatly with a bow; it depends so much on the unsaid that Affleck's understated and incredibly moving performance carries the film.

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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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K. Austin Collins
The Ringer

In Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan again explores the depth of grief.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Manchester by the Sea is a sensitive character study that feels profoundly human and finds an enviable balance between drama and humor. Full review on… More
Kevin M. Williams
Oscar time for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenwriter, etc.
Mark Hobin
Manchester by the Sea is like a mournful symphony gently guided under the masterful direction of its conductor. The adagio pace of the film unfolds as a… More
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
Mark Walker
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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