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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Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground

Devastatingly relatable and sincerely affecting.

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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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Jorge Ayala Blanco
El Universal

A film that has a rhythmic sensitive pulse of a sweetly surprising dozen temporary swings and great award-winning performances. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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Iván Belmont

Despite the enormous emotional load that it drops on the viewer and the sadness that it brings, it's a grat film that makes us reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to spend time with our loved ones. [Full review in Spanish]

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