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Manchester by the Sea

  • Starring: Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges
  • Director: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 135 min.

After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

"Its world is cruel and chaotic, but it unfolds with purpose and grace."
- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"[A] beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"A wrenching family tragedy is dramatized with the depth of a high-quality American stage piece in Manchester by the Sea."
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By The Sea is an extraordinarily wise and well-observed film about what can happen to someone when life gives them more than they can handle, and Casey Affleck's lead performance is, simply put, the model of what great film acting should look like."
- Drew McWeeny, Hitfix
"To say Lonergan has evolved further with his third feature would be an understatement: He toggles between his new plot’s years with the relaxed mastery of Boyhood’s Richard Linklater. Plus, he’s finally got a complex central performance that anchors his ambitions to cinema’s all-time great brooders."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Comedy is used to undercut the most horribly tragic of moments...given the sadness all the more pathos and offering glimpses of hope in a narrative resistant to catharsis."
- Ben Nicholson, CineVue