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A Most Violent Year

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city's history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. J.C. Chandor's third feature examines one immigrant's determined climb up amorally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and - above all - his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A MOST ...

  • DirectorJ.C. Chandor
  • Runtime: 2 hr 4 min
  • StudioA24
  • QualityHD

Reviews about A Most Violent Year

Toronto Sun
Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chandor follows the psychologically penetrating tradition of Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula and Francis Ford Coppola, observing crime as a microcosm of society.

Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Like that camel-hair coat Abel wears, A Most Violent Year is classy and commands respect, but a stronger pulse under the lapels would make us care much more.

Toronto Star
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

[A] tight anti-thriller, one where the violence of the title is more implied than seen.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A Most Violent Year" is a far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you've never seen before.

Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Abel is a man with ideals in a world that has no use for them: If he's going to succeed, he's going to have to use his wits instead of bullets.

Sunday Times (UK)
Camilla Long
Sunday Times (UK)

An anti-gangster flick set in 1981, one of the most crime-ridden years on record in New York.

Film Inquiry
David Fontana
Film Inquiry

A Most Violent Year is a fascinating, intense, character-driven drama, which not only transports you to the state of mind of NYC in the 1980's, but will also show you just how entertaining simplicity can be.

Sacramento Bee
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

J.C. Chandor is becoming American cinema's foremost chronicler of men in crisis.

The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

It's a taut little thriller about honour and respect, with not that much violence, actually, set in an unrecognizable New York.

Flavorwire
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Instead of directing a movie that screams "HEY, IT'S THE '80S," he made one that looks, sounds, and feels like a refugee from that era, and lets the audience do the rest.

Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Padraic McKiernan
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Though possibly lacking a little bang bang for your buck, A Most Violent Year represents an absorbing, thoughtful and successful attempt to subvert the usual grisly gangster-chic stereotypes.

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