Manchester by the Sea

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  135 min.
Release Date:
November 25, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
December 9, 2016 - Expands
DVD: February 21, 2017
Blu-ray: February 21, 2017
Digital: February 21, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.38
based on 244 votes and 95 reviews
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Cast: Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick


Reclusive handyman/janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who looks after five apartment buildings in Boston, has to return home when his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Lee, who lives a solitary and seemingly unhappy existence, once had a wife and children before tragedy struck.

He finds to his dismay that he's been named the legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). When Lee returns to Manchester, he must face his painful past, along with his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the community of North Shore, many of whom are not happy to see him.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Chris Moore, Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh
Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan
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  • 1 star "Movie needed an Editor to reduce the very overly long time spent on same came angle/shot. Could have been a "good" (not ever a great) One hour and fifty minute movie. Nice picture postcard scenery shots of Northeastern Massachusetts - which - you guessed it - remained on the screen way too long. I would never recommend this movie. Casey Affleck's performance was one dimensional, one speed, one note, for the entire film. Which was on target and appropriate for his character "Lee" - but b-or-i-n-g."
  • 2 stars "Depression , depression, depression."
  • 1 star "So BORING. Affleck didn't have to do much. He wore the same brooding expression pretty much the entire 2.5 hours. UGHH."