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20th Century Women

  • Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig
  • Director: Mike Mills
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

Set in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives. [A24]

"A bracing, invigorating gulp of cinematic oxygen."
- Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"Despite being set in the late 1970s, "20th Century Women" feels like the perfect movie for this moment."
- Sara Stewart, New York Post
"There's not a single false, "actor-y" note in Bening's work. It is a master class in nuanced acting, and it is deserving of an Academy Award."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Masterfully played by Annette Bening, Dorothea is a fascinating character of contradictions."
- Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
"When 20th Century Women concerns itself with the utterly human question of personal satisfaction, it's huggable: the kind of movie you wish more directors had the courage to grab for."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Less twee and more textured than Beginners, this is the film that Mike Mills was put on this planet to make."
- David Ehrlich, indieWIRE
"Despite the gender gap between the film’s creator and his subjects, the film is beautifully perceptive and, at times, deeply poignant. Mills has created the kind of comedy in which you laugh with recognition because its dilemmas feel so familiar. "
- Nico Lang, Consequence of Sound
"If the small domestic drama established in this rich period setting proves satisfyingly emotional, it is because the characters are acutely well observed, both by Mills's script and by his excellent cast."
- Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"As a celebration of personal and social history, "20th Century Women" takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post