A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

Oscar-nominated writer-director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost) delivers this crime drama set in '80s New York, starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Albert Brooks (Drive). In 1981, what would statistically end up being one of the city's most violent years, an immigrant and his family attempt to grow a business amidst a world looking to drag them into the dark and rampant NYC underbelly.

2014Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language125 minsUSA
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A Most Violent Year / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Writer-director J C Chandor’s third feature may well be the poster child of the critic versus audience dilemma. There is no question that this is a qualitatively good film, stylistically strong and tonally gritty, reveling in the 1981 New York City setting. The cast is outstanding, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain devouring the lead roles while the likes of Albert Brooks and David Oyelowo give scenery-eating performances in supporting roles. Yet this is the sort of movie that leaves people hating critics.

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Variety

Variety

A tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller.

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Time Out

Time Out

Further clarifies what might be the most promising career in American movies: an urban-headed filmmaker attuned to economies of place and time, with an eye on the vacant throne of Sidney Lumet.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It’s a nocturnal fantasy, seductive and ablaze with threat.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Presents an honorable man struggling to stay true to his values in the face of temptation. It is also the portrait of a brilliant hustler working a very long con. It's a terrific movie either way.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Chandor’s film suggests more than it can explore, and a contrived climax makes the film seem like less than the sum of what’s preceded it.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Chandor peels back the layers of his story and characters with the skill of an expert dramatist.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Stylish, sophisticated, simmering crime and character drama with Shakespearean dimension and bravura performances.

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