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Manchester By the Sea

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Kenneth Lonergan

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About the Movie

Casey Affleck heads a powerhouse cast in this acclaimed and deeply moving film from award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan. After a solitary Boston janitor (Affleck) unexpectedly becomes the sole guardian of his 16-year-old nephew, he must come to terms with a past that separated him from his wife (Michelle Williams) and his hometown, as uncle and nephew unite for an unforgettable journey of love, community, sacrifice, and hope.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 281
  • Fresh: 268
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A gut-punching, heartbreaking movie, with Affleck's Lee in the epicentre ... a perfect role for the under-appreciated actor. – Matt Neal, ABC Radio (Australia), Mar 22, 2017

Fresh: There are no contrivances, no manipulations, no false notes. Lonergan's film rings true as the complex relationships and multi-layered intricacies of grief find a compass that points to calmer waters. Prepare to be moved. This is one of the year's best. – Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, Feb 22, 2017

Fresh: Adopting a jigsaw-like structure, as past memories impinge on the present, Lonergan layers his characters with an enviable emotional complexity. – James Mottram, South China Morning Post, Feb 19, 2017

Fresh: This is an exquisitely well-told tale about the way we deal with trauma and loss. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Feb 4, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Dark. Dramatic. Depressing.

2017 Oscar Nominated is a crying shame.

Michelle Williams is in the cast so I knew movie was going to be depressing. But wow-this movie is a bitter cup of tea that has steeped too long and grown cold. And Williams is nominated for Best Supporting Actress! OY ! She gives us 10 minutes of her whiny, crying, depression...which is all she ever does...and that gets her a nom. Sigh. There were far too many other contenders....

Critics rave over Afflecks performance of a man processing grief. While his performance is convincing, movie took forever and a day to reveal why. So when the big reveal arrives, I was exhausted. And you know what? Affleck looks exhausted throughout the entire movie. Just let the guy act, already.

This movie could have been filmed in any city and called anything. However, in order to tie in the pompous title, the director had to drag us past every scenic point in the city of Manchester, thus prolonging the reveal even more. Yawn.

The critics gave this movie such high praises, which makes me think the Manchester Commerce is paying them off.

While this movie is not my cup of tea, I am taking it a step further against the Oscars by saying I do not recommend this movie.


If you want to watch something to make yourself depressed then this is your movie. Basically a movie about how a bunch of horrible stuff happens to one person and absolutely nothing is resolved by the time the credits roll. The flashback editing is absolutely jarring and terrible as well.

Low Lifes, Boring

Low life superintendent (building janitor) is unable to socialize, starts fight in a bar, has no education, and has a low life 16 year old nephew (swears at his coach, carries out statutory rape on his minor girlfriend, has friends over for pizza and discusses Star Trek on the day his dad dies). More low life relatives appear from time to time. Desperate, ignorant lives all around. Zombies please eat them.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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