Parents' Guide to

Another Year

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Drinking and middle-age drama in excellent, complex film.

Movie PG-13 2010 129 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

A film about heightened loneliness and pain, but with bits of hope that ebbs and flows

Mike Leigh, at it again. This film takes its time and Manville makes the most of that time. Her trajectory works best as we see her desperation and her loneliness and sadness permeate and make her seem more unstable with each passing season. Staunton in her brief cameo shows all in what she doesn't say. Stern, sad, and depressed about a life that does not seem to change let alone get any better. Her stare is a layered soul that has an unfair life and just wants to get through unnoticed. A great film about heightened loneliness and pain with quite a bit of hope that ebbs and flows in and out of character's lives.
age 18+


This is a grown up movie - it is deep and complex, very funny in places and tragic. I loved it, it is up with the best of Mike Leigh's movies.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

On several subtle levels, this is a very accomplished movie. British director Mike Leigh is famous for his working methods, in which he develops his screenplays with the input and improvisation of the actors. It seems to work; he usually ends up with emotionally rich, dramatically complex movies with memorable (and sometimes funny) characters. ANOTHER YEAR is no exception.

That said, there's a bit of a lack of a clear central character. Tom and Gerri are the anchoring characters, and everything revolves around them, but Mary is the most prominent character and the one with the biggest dramatic arc (and, notwithstanding Manville's extraordinary performance, she's not particularly likeable).

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