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Year by the Sea

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Alexander Janko

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About the Movie

After 30 years as a wife and mother, an empty nester (KAREN ALLEN) retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband (MICHAEL CRISTOFER) to Kansas. Intent to rediscover herself but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling upon a spirited mentor (CELIA IMRIE). Supported by her literary agent (S EPATHA MERKERSON) and a host of locals, including a sexy fisherman (YANNICK BISSON), our heroine learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life—ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie is not entirely my cup of tea, although it is refreshing in its depiction of diverse, older female characters. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Sep 7, 2017

Rotten: The soundtrack alone, with its intrusive string of montage-backing soft rock tunes, could shut down less forgiving viewers. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 14, 2017

Fresh: Joan's story unfolds all too neatly, but in Allen's spark and grace there's a real sense of discovery. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 6, 2017

Rotten: "Year by the Sea" is for audiences who don't trust the shiftiness of nuance and craft, of messages that rise up from dramatic situations rather than being pasted on top of them, and who would prefer their life lessons stated loudly ... – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Sep 21, 2017

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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