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Armageddon Time

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United States, Brazil · 2022
1h 54m
Director James Gray
Starring Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Jaylin Webb
Genre Drama

In Queens, New York, two sixth grade boys, Paul, who is white, and Johnny, who is Black, become best friends. Against the backdrop of the 1980 presidential election, the two boys come of age, and Paul begins to see and question the inequality and racism of his own family, school system, and society at large.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

It’s a story about the invisible fault lines of inequality, the moral compromises demanded by the American Dream, and the very practical ways in which remembering the past can be the only legitimate defense against the social forces that keep trying to repackage it as a vision of the future.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

An unvarnished family snapshot that traces the seeds from which the artist evolved and the tough lessons about life’s unfairness that helped shape his character, this is a refreshingly understated drama whose gentleness makes it all the more bittersweet.


Total Film by Jordan Farley

It’s a sensitive, sweet, frequently heartbreaking trip through deeply personal history, but there’s no getting round the fact that Gray had what most might consider a fairly typical childhood.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

The movie ends with a rebel gesture that feels too much like…a gesture. It’s the perfect sign-off for a drama that cares, but maybe not enough to see that this kind of caring actually became part of the problem


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Gray has given us tough, sinewy and memorable New York movies in the past such as The Yards and We Own the Night, but this is weighed down with a sentimental and self-regarding staginess.


The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

Wistfully looking back on the past with a mix of affection for those we have lost, a melancholy yearning for the more tender age of innocence, and anxiety and regret for our trespasses, Gray’s stripped-down drama is a clear-eyed and emotionally intelligent work of great empathy.


Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Exceedingly thoughtful and self-critical rather than lazily nostalgic, this well-acted coming-of-age tale can sometimes be predictable and muddled, but is steeped in the filmmaker’s sorrow for not recognising the ways in which he and those he loved contributed to an inequitable society that shows no signs of becoming less stratified.

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