Manchester by the Sea

Lists: Drama, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised."

Overall Ranking: 220 (Rank from 2016: # 10)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 81.82%
Regular 9.09%
Half-Popped 9.09%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Chris of This Is Madness100(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown97 - A gut punch that really taps into the human element of cinema in a way that most recent films have failed to do, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea is an emotional rollercoaster that feels pretty familiar to anyone who has simply lived. The human element here cannot be overstated.
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Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies97(full review)
Keith Hughes95(full review)
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes85(full review)
Bryan Lienesch84 - In the darkness that is 'Manchester by the Sea', there is a certain beauty. Emotionally-scarred characters learning to cope with tragedy once again. And bonds that otherwise may not have ever been made.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest75(full review)
Candice Frederick of Reel Talk Online57(full review)

People Involved

  • Casey Affleck (Lee Chandler)
  • Michelle Williams (Randi)
  • Kyle Chandler (Joe Chandler)
  • Lucas Hedges (Patrick)
  • Gretchen Mol (Elise)
  • C.J. Wilson (George)
  • Erica McDermott (Sue)
  • Kara Hayward (Silvie)
  • Heather Burns (Jill)
  • Matthew Broderick (Rodney)
  • Tate Donovan (Hockey Coach)
  • (Director)