A Most Violent Year Synopsis
A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities...
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By James Rocchi
A Most Violent Year asks you to watch and listen and pay close attention; it also rewards that investment with subtle, real pleasures and...
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By Drew McWeeny
J. C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year is a powerfully told story, a thrilling surprise, and both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain do...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Chandor (“All is Lost”) has made a movie that quietly but ferociously immerses us in a time and place, with atmosphere done in minimal yet...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Nearly every scene in A Most Violent Year is pitch perfect. Chandor the writer comes across as a big fan of David Mamet’s, and Chandor the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As a great New York story, it’s also a great American story about ambition and failure, about the kind of people who make it, the kinds who...
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By Alonso Duralde
The pacing, the performances (Albert Brooks is a stand-out as Abel's lawyer), and every facet of the production serves the story and the...
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
The film is slow at times, despite bursts of action, and Chandor could have let it breathe a little more. The seriousness grows stuffy...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A tough-minded, bracingly blunt look at the sometimes debilitating cost of doing business that casts an unblinking eye on the physical,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Evocatively shot by "Selma" wizard Bradford Young, A Most Violent Year reflects a world where nothing is held sacred. You watch with nerves...
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By Scott Foundas
In his third turn behind the camera, writer-director J.C. Chandor has delivered a tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller that lacks some...
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Perfect Anti-Gangster Film

By alexhollender
Not much needs to be said aside from: (1) Go see it asap, (2) Best film of 2014, (3) Don't expect a gangster film...

Good Movie

By info632
I really enjoyed this movie and the acting was great...

A Good Not Gangsta Movie

By Arnold Rothstein
The title was misleading, I was thinking I was going to see a movie about someone going to the ends to keep what is his, but it was more like a guy trying his best to correct all wrongs done in the...

Tire of this BS

By ecopraxis13
A Most Violent Year and other great films like American Sniper having limited releases just to qualify for academy awards. But this of us who want to watch them can't until 2015. Very disappointed of...

Not what you expect!! Horrible

By haroon1124
very very slow movie is like watching a beginning, beginning and a beginning just waiting for something to develop and it never does. Anyone who says the movie is interesting is just lying or trying...

A Most Violent Year

By bettinake
Superb film. Taut, tense, beautifully constructed, directed, and acted....

Good movie, but the showing venue was baaaaaad!!!!!!

By goldlizsts
The story is a paraphrase of a hybrid mafioso movie, with Isaac trying to "honestly" do business, but somehow the wife is the bad gal here. Good drama. However, came out of Landmark Sunshine Theatre...

Great Actors But The Film Never Crest

By Reggieburris
The advertisements gives the impression this is a Mafia picture in the mid-80's with a gangster feel. It could not be future from the truth. It is more about an individual that lives in a corrupt...

A most violent year

By winnypan
Boring, just a bad movie...

Super entertainement

By movperson
Terrific story told with suspense. Both stars were fabulous. A real contender!...

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Rated R | For Some Violence and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Moody, violent thriller doesn't quite sustain its promise.
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