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A Most Violent Year

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J.C. Chandor

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About the Movie

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up amorally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and - above all - his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, Chandor journeys in a bold new direction, toward the place where best intentions yield to raw instinct, and where we are most vulnerable to compromise what we know to be right.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 211
  • Fresh: 188
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This isn't a revolutionary or thematically rich motion picture, but it's a well-told story featuring solid performances and a nice sense of atmosphere. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jan 26, 2015

Fresh: Gritty, suspenseful and almost poetic in its depiction of an unforgiving town, A Most Violent Year is just shy of being great. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 23, 2015

Fresh: Chandor follows the psychologically penetrating tradition of Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula and Francis Ford Coppola, observing crime as a microcosm of society. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan 30, 2015

Fresh: A lot of movies spin their wheels fast and create the illusion that important things are happening. A Most Violent Year, one of the best movies of 2014, does the opposite. – Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Jan 22, 2015

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Customer Reviews

great movie all the way through

Original story
good performances
great ending.

definitely a must see


This is possibly the best drama thriller I've ever seen. Jessica Chastain is AMAZING as usual and the story is an edge of your seat experience! This film knows how to combine the Drama with Thriller!! This is more like a 10 out of 5 Star Movie! just loved it!!!


Nice movie

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