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The Angels' Share

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United Kingdom, France, Belgium · 2012
Rated R · 1h 41m
Director Ken Loach
Starring Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland
Genre Drama, Comedy

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

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The Playlist by

Some good laughs and a passable air of bonhomie do nothing to cover up the fact that The Angels’ Share is totally lightweight and distractingly underdone.


Empire by Kim Newman

Like good whisky, Loach is mellowing and becoming subtler with age — though a swift chug still has a bit of a kick.


Variety by Leslie Felperin

An amiable comedy about young Glaswegian roughnecks discovering the world of whisky, The Angels’ Share finds helmer Ken Loach and long-term screenwriting partner Paul Laverty in better, breezier form than their rebarbative prior effort, “Route Irish.”


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Ken Loach's latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty is warm, funny and good-natured. It's a freewheeling social-realist caper – unworldly and at times almost childlike.

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