A Most Violent Year

Lists: Drama, Thriller, Crime / Heist

Brief 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 as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built."

Overall Ranking: 641 (Rank from 2014: # 26)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 60%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown97 - Delivering a poignant, brooding drama, director J. C. Chandor continues along this path of proving himself on all fronts. His latest piece of cinema is a dark, intense film that in many ways is reminiscent of The Godfather movies. Like Francis Ford Coppola's most enduring works, A Most Violent Year is a potent film in which the rich dialogue supersedes all else.
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Citizen Charlie97(full review)
David Baruffi97 - The review is incomplete.
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Tom Little of Digital Shortbread87(full review)
Bryan Lienesch86 - A truly tense and unsettling drama.
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Minnesota Man80 - Fans of those 70s and 80s potboiler crime dramas should take note...
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Paul's Trip To The Movies80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Marshall And The Movies80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Stewart Hoffman80(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik75
Sean Kelly70(full review)
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)

People Involved

  • Oscar Isaac (Abel Morales)
  • Jessica Chastain (Anna Morales)
  • Albert Brooks (Andrew Walsh)
  • Elyes Gabel (Julian)
  • David Oyelowo (Lawrence)
  • Alessandro Nivola (Peter Forente)
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno (Luisa)
  • J.C. Chandor (Director)