Leigh isn't breaking new ground, but he knows how a daily grind can kill love. Strong stuff. show more
Leigh doesn't sentimentalize these tragic, dead-end lives but allows his characters to be ugly and stupid, to make horrendous mistakes. Sometimes they're laughable, and yet there's never the sense that Leigh is mocking them. show more
This feelbad movie makes you glad when it's over. show more
April 25, 2012 MarilynnSummers
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I simply adored this film. Tim Spall, Leslie Manville and Ruth Sheen were so talented playing their parts in a film that was steeped in the daily humdrum tasks of work and home, day after day, but their struggles were so pronounced and complex in many ways. Allison Garrland was amazing in her role as daughter of Spall and Manville. Sally H awkins was incredibly luring and the entire case emsamble were terrific. Yes, it was depressing, a look at the working class struggling to get by, day by day, but Mike Leigh was brilliant as director.