Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review


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Storyline: 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 Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. Written by Official Site

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Summary: Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. The film stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges. Principal photography on the film began on March 23, 2015, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016. It is scheduled for a limited release on November 18, 2016, before a wide release in mid-December. Written by Wikipedia

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Critic Reviews

100 New York Post | Kyle Smith
Affleck eschews all the actors’ clichés — burning intensity, soulful suffering, haunted brooding. It’s a magnificently interior performance, the sort of acting that doesn’t call attention to itself but draws us in to peer closer. Read full review

100  Wall Street Journal | Joe Morgenstern
See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection — understated, unaffected, yet stunning in depth and resonance. Read full review

100  Entertainment Weekly | Chris Nashawaty
Affleck has never had a role that matches his minimal, anti-charisma style like this one. His tendency to be mumbly and awkward and withholding fits his character perfectly. And Hedges, as a temperamental teenager working through loss in his own authentically teenage way, is a real discovery. Michelle Williams, as Lee’s ex-wife, doesn’t get many scenes, but she cracks your heart open in the ones she has. Read full review

100  Los Angeles Times | Kenneth Turan
Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea is heartbreaking yet somehow heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.Read full review

100  The A.V. Club | A.A. Dowd
Manchester By The Sea sweats the big stuff and the small stuff, and that’s key to its anomalous power: This is a staggering American drama, almost operatic in the heartbreak it chronicles. Read full review

100  Rolling Stone | Peter TraversNov 16, 2016
No film this year has moved me more with its humor, heart and humanity. Read full review

100  Village Voice | April Wolfe
A poignant, surprisingly hilarious depiction of death, grieving, and small-town life. Read full review

100  We Got This Covered | Darren Ruecker
It’s a movie where even seasoned cinemagoers who feel like or claim to have seen everything are likely to marvel at how director Kenneth Lonergan was able to achieve something new, interesting, painful, hilarious, or beautiful, or some combination of all these things, in every single scene. It’s the type of movie that makes a person reach for the nearest hyperbole to describe it. Read full review

100  New York Daily News | Stephen Whitty
Despite his draw to tragic subjects, Lonergan holds onto a sharp, dark, Irish sense of humor, and a feel for the absurd that comes out at the most unexpected times. A playwright’s sense of what actors do, too. Affleck gives a career-best performance here. Read full review

100  USA Today | Brian Truitt
Manchester finds a way to weave together truly wrenching sequences with a clever sense of humor, and Lonergan pulls extraordinary performances from his entire cast, especially Casey Affleck. Read full review

100  New York Observer | Rex Reed
Manchester by the Sea is the best movie of the year. Read full review

100  Hitfix | Drew McWeeny
Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea is an extraordinarily wise and well-observed film about what can happen to someone when life gives them more than they can handle, and Casey Affleck’s lead performance is, simply put, the model of what great film acting should look like. Read full review

100  Time Out New York | Joshua Rothkopf
To say Lonergan has evolved further with his third feature would be an understatement: He toggles between his new plot’s years with the relaxed mastery of Boyhood’s Richard Linklater. Plus, he’s finally got a complex central performance that anchors his ambitions to cinema’s all-time great brooders. Read full review

100  Variety | Justin Chang
The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is Manchester by the Sea. Read full review

100  Screen International | Fionnuala Halligan
Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply moving return after the travails of Margaret shows what a rare storyteller he is, measuring out his narrative beats in a world which crackles with life, guiding Casey Affleck’s magnificent performance, instantly recognisable as a career-be Read full review

100  New York Magazine (Vulture) | Bilge Ebiri
Lonergan is the master of taking a scene that starts off as something familiar, then sending it spinning off in another direction, and then pulling back at just the right moment, as the viewer’s imagination hurtles ahead to fill in the gaps. Read full review

91  The Playlist | Noel Murray
Manchester by the Sea is the kind of movie that doesn’t seem to be headed anywhere in particular for long stretches. And then, almost unexpectedly, it arrives. Read full review

91  The Film Stage | Jordan Raup
There are no clichés here, and Lonergan flawlessly carves out the most sincere moments to reveal a sprawling, deeply affecting odyssey of emotional recovery. Read full review

90  The New York Times | A.O. Scott
Mr. Affleck, in one of the most fiercely disciplined screen performances in recent memory, conveys both Lee’s inner avalanche of feeling and the numb decorum that holds it back. Read full review

88  Slant Magazine | Christopher Gray
Kenneth Lonergan’s film gradually comes to its sense of exquisitely calibrated, hardened intimacy. Read full review

83  Indiewire | Eric Kohn
It’s Lonergan’s masterfully subtle writing, littered with awkward exchanges that speak far louder than any cohesive monologue, that gives “Manchester” its humanity. Read full review

80  CineVue | Ben Nicholson
Comedy is used to undercut the most horribly tragic of moments…given the sadness all the more pathos and offering glimpses of hope in a narrative resistant to catharsis. Read full review

70  TheWrap | Robert Abele
A movie that, if never exactly a cathartic experience, carries you along in its clenched grip with an undeniable power. It’s sad and funny and real. Read full review

70 The Hollywood Reporter | Todd McCarthy
Everything Lonergan serves up is arguably germane, but the pace noticeably slackens in the second half; some of the uncle/nephew scenes feel repetitive and the dramatic destination begins to feel like it’s just being pushed further and further down the track. Read full review

60 The Guardian | Lanre Bakare
Manchester-by-the-Sea is a study of family dysfunction and the worse loss imaginable, but one held back by the fact it’s all filtered through Affleck’s withdrawn lead. Read full review

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Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 18 November 2016 (USA)
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 137 min
Production: The Affleck/Middleton Project, B Story, Big Indie Pictures
Filming Locations: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Director Credit
Kenneth Lonergan Director


Writer Credit
Kenneth Lonergan Writer


Principal Cast Credit
Casey Affleck Lee Chandler
Kyle Chandler Joe Chandler
Lucas Hedges Patrick
Michelle Williams Randi Chandler


Cast Credit
Amanda Blattner Mourner
Anna Baryshnikov Sandy
Ben O’Brien Young Patrick
Brian Chamberlain 1st Detective
C.J. Wilson George
Casey Affleck Lee Chandler
Chaunty Spillane Funeral Mourner
Danae Nason Rachel
Erica McDermott Sue
Gretchen Mol Elise
Heather Burns Jill
Jeffrey Corazzini Dad At School
Josh Hamilton Wes, Joe’s Lawyer
Kara Hayward Silvie
Kyle Chandler Joe Chandler
Liam McNeill Josh (Randi’s Husband)
Lucas Hedges Patrick
Mark Burzenski Driver
Mary Mallen Sharon
Matthew Broderick Rodney
Michelle Williams Randi
Missy Yager Mrs. Olsen
Oscar Wahlberg Joel
Ruibo Qian Dr. Betheny
Stephanie Ann Saunders Funeral Mourner
Susan Pourfar Nurse Irene
Tate Donovan Hockey Coach
Tom Kemp Stan Chandler
Producer Credit
Bill Migliore Executive Producer
Chris Moore Producer
Declan Baldwin Executive Producer
John Krasinski Executive Producer
Josh Godfrey Executive Producer
Katie Pastore Associate Producer
Kevin J. Walsh Producer
Kimberly Steward Producer
Lauren Beck Producer
Matt Damon Producer
Matthew Myers Consulting Producer
Ryan Stowell Co-Producer


Music Credit
Lesley Barber Music

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