Manchester by the Sea Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 505

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 59

Theatrical Release Date: 12/16/2016

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/21/2017

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Actors: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, C.J. Wilson, Gretchen Mol

Plot: Following the death of his father, a teen boy finds himself in the care of his closest relative, an uncle who is not prepared to take on this responsibility. -- Chris Kavan

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Stoney McStonerson - wrote on 11/09/2019

Stunningly Directed, gut wrenchingly acted and a Somber painful masterpiece. 4 Joints

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/04/2019

I can't help but feel award season overhyped this one. Although a respectable film, "Manchester By the Sea" uses nearly every heartstring-tugging cliche out there.

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whatch22 - wrote on 03/21/2018

Casey Affleck's performance in Manchester By the subtle, yet effective. Michelle Williams was also powerful in small role Director and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan slowly builds the story and blends the warm and heartbreaking dialogue to masterfully.

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Quiet, Good Movie; Cinematography Great

Bpollen - wrote on 05/06/2017

Manchester by the Sea was a good, but not great, movie. It's a solemn movie that follows a man through life, as he plods along in self-punishment, being rude, mean, anti-social, and depressed, as he self-medicates with booze along the way. All this as self-punishment for the unintentional part he played in some family deaths previously. Casey Affleck's performance was good, but there wasn't a whole lot in the character to work with, since he barely responds to the other characters, except for a couple of fight scenes, and once when he cries while he hides his face. I suspect most actors could have pulled this off just as well, with many doing better. He fails to give the character as much depth as would surely be there in a real person faced with such guilt. The plot is good, the …

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Chris Kavan
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Beer and Self-Loathing in Manchester by the Sea

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/04/2017

If you want to see some outstanding performances, Manchester by the Sea has some knockout characters - led by Casey Affleck (who deserved that Best Actor award) and Michelle Williams - who isn't on screen that long, but when she is she owns her scenes. Lucas Hedges likewise is well-cast as a typical teen dealing with an atypical experience following the death of his father.

However, I would also say Manchester by the Sea is also a movie for critics and the more arthouse crowd as I can't see a wide general audience embracing a film that is so damn depressing. Don't get me wrong, there are some surprising moments of levity to be had, but, for the most part, this is just a downright bleak film with only a few rays of hope poking through. Essentially we follow Lee Chandler (Affleck) who …

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Manchester by the Sea - Movie Review

Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/11/2017

"I said a lot of terrible things to you. My heart was broken, and I know yours is broken, too."

"Manchester by the Sea" is a trip through all the emotions and life's cruel tricks. Grief, lost, loneliness, acceptance, and finding humor in difficult situations. But what separates this from other dramatic tearjerkers is that while the movie is really depressing, but you feel more alive afterwards. It can bring out totally different emotions from you.

What Kenneth Lonergan manages to bring for a movie like this is the ability of presenting the characters as real people. A quiet and raw film that says so much. Incredible moving and brilliantly written. Hats off to you Lonergan.

Casey Affleck performance was so natural and grounded to the point I forgot I was watching actors on …

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