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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The Playlist

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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
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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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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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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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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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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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By James Berardinelli
This isn't a revolutionary or thematically rich motion picture, but it's a well-told story featuring solid performances and a nice sense of...
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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...

Slow and boring

By jlanghenry80
Nothing happens in this movie. Every scene takes excessively long and nothing happens. Don't waste your money....

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...


By Crimsontideua
I drove 60 miles to see this movie and it was worth it....

Good Movie

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

a horrible year

By jasonanthonyfowler
One of the worst I've ever seen. Very slow and nothing happens!! The character development is non existent and the story which had potential turns out to be extremely sub par....

Horrible! ! !

By creti1
This movie is SO slow and boring. A movie about nothing! We walked out still wondering what it was about! Don't waste your time!...

By bcrook326

A Most Violent Year

By beaufus039
I enjoyed this movie. Very different in that I only recognized one actor, Albert Brooks. The lead male role was excellent in my view....

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