20th Century Women

20th Century Women

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20th Century Women

Oscar nominee Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon) and Greta Gerwig (Mistress America) lead this comedic, '70s-set, multi-story film about love, family, freedom, and the (sometimes) futile search for meaning. From the writer-director of 2010's Beginners.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour.

2016Rating: M, Offensive language, nudity, drug use & sexual references119 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent
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Vulture

Vulture

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20th Century Women is irreducible ... although certain adjectives and adverbs do leap to mind: generous, reflective, absolutely delightful.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

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Despite the movie's title and Bening's central role, women are oddly peripheral.

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Variety

Variety

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"20th Century Women" is an endless chain of anecdotes, and though many individual moments are winning, the movie as a whole is rudderless. It never achieves an emotional power surge.

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Time Out

Time Out

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When 20th Century Women concerns itself with the utterly human question of personal satisfaction, it's huggable: the kind of movie you wish more directors had the courage to grab for.

4.0
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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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Mills's world is certainly not devoid of pain, but it's leached of bitterness, leached of conflict, leached of aggression, leached of hostility; the pain and the trauma are leached of consequence.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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It's a nice film with some great moments but Mills' touch is too tentative to make all that talk buzz and hum as resonantly as it should.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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A simply glorious Annette Bening leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills' semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in the age of 1970's feminism and punk rock.

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The coming-of-age genre looks at turning points like sexual awakening, maturing identity, and rites of adulthood. Often gender stereotyped, they tend to use a retro-nostalgic lens because we feel safer looking back. The film 20th Century Women (2016) follows these genre cues but in its own way breaks out of the usual gender boxes with a narrative that...

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

20th Century Women is irreducible ... although certain adjectives and adverbs do leap to mind: generous, reflective, absolutely delightful.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Despite the movie's title and Bening's central role, women are oddly peripheral.

0
Variety

Variety

press

"20th Century Women" is an endless chain of anecdotes, and though many individual moments are winning, the movie as a whole is rudderless. It never achieves an emotional power surge.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

When 20th Century Women concerns itself with the utterly human question of personal satisfaction, it's huggable: the kind of movie you wish more directors had the courage to grab for.

4.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Mills's world is certainly not devoid of pain, but it's leached of bitterness, leached of conflict, leached of aggression, leached of hostility; the pain and the trauma are leached of consequence.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's a nice film with some great moments but Mills' touch is too tentative to make all that talk buzz and hum as resonantly as it should.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A simply glorious Annette Bening leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills' semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in the age of 1970's feminism and punk rock.

0

The coming-of-age genre looks at turning points like sexual awakening, maturing identity, and rites of adulthood. Often gender stereotyped, they tend to use a retro-nostalgic lens because we feel safer looking back. The film 20th Century Women (2016) follows these genre cues but in its own way breaks out of the usual gender boxes with a narrative that...

4.0
0