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20th Century Women

2016
Comedy
Drama
1h 59m
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Rated 16 May 2019
71
69th
distracting myself from mortality by watching films about thinking about mortality. oh, but they're dancing! they're so alive, those pixels. (it's beautiful; i feel dead)
Rated 21 Jan 2017
100
99th
This film...this film just had so many beautiful absolutely perfect moments. The cast and characters were so likeable and realistic that I didn't want this movie to end. The score adds a much needed introspective mood to all of the narrated parts. In fact the flow of this film is excellent the way they blend in all of the narration and quieter little segways with the rest of the film. For me it was just one of those movies that reinforces why I spend so much time watching them.
Rated 20 Jan 2017
80
37th
Viewed January 16, 2017. Filmmaking from the heart. This kind of nostalgic autobiographical approach to movies could come across as treacly, and some of the film's stylistic choices certainly do, but there's genuine heart and a wry lyricism to many of its sequences that helps to easily defy these expectations. Essentially, Mike Mills has made a movie about the people and the things that he loves, and makes sure that we all love them, too.
Rated 08 Jun 2017
0
0th
I wish this was a film made before film was even invented. This movie was as fast moving as a stalled-out car. None of the characters had moved forward in their lives and the relationships were really awkward and dumb. I hated the Gerwig & Crudup relationship and don't even get me started on the main boy's relationship with Elle Fanning. Talk about being a giant cuckold. The movie isn't incredibly long, but it felt like it took centuries to go through...
Rated 27 Jan 2017
95
96th
It's great to watch a director's vision get fully actualized. This is a film, not unlike July's films, that is about connection. We try desperately to fully connect with the other, which is also an attempt to understand them through language or emotion, but often fall short of the task at hand. This attempt at connection is also an attempt to look inwards towards the self. *stars spewing out more academic jargon*
Rated 10 Jul 2017
88
87th
Seeking to demonstrate a new understanding of his mother, Jamie reads her an essay by Zoe Moss. "I don't need a book to tell me who I am," his mother responds, offended. "I love you," he later confesses to another character. "But it's your version of me," she objects. "It's not me." 20CW regards acts of interpretation as acts of reduction, perhaps even acts of violence, but essential anyway; our glimpses of others is always partial -- to draw upon Abbie's vocation, snapshots, maybe?
Rated 10 Feb 2017
65
53rd
Has some worthwile character scenes, but as a narrative it feels sort of loose and episodic. The overarching agenda remained blurry to me, but i may be missing some crucial understanding of the volatile feminine nature. Or the depicted era. Or both. Or anything. Bye now.
Rated 21 Jan 2017
84
72nd
Has the auteuristic traits of Mills' Beginners but feels a bit clunky compared to the former. The problem is that the end catharsis doesn't really register emotionally. But it could be a facet of why so much of it is great - the characters don't make sense and are realistically contradictory. Gerwig stands out, but every main player is spot on with the emotional beats, including the young man at the story's core. Bening, however, is the reason why most will watch this, and she hits a home run.
Rated 26 Feb 2017
70
67th
This film had such a nice quality to it. It's difficult to describe, but it just felt real yet ethereal, and just brimming with humanity. It's a slice of life story, and it seems to have captured the late '70s pretty well. The screenplay is just really smart and the cast is really good, too, which helps. The females, especially, which seems appropriate. I enjoyed the director's previous film, Beginners (2010), and I hope he continues to make movies like these.
Rated 16 Sep 2017
46
9th
Aimless, hazy journey through the suburbs in the late 70s lacks any sort of narrative spine, which would be fine if the film could focus or bring any sort of insight to bear on its eclectic group of characters, who largely drift around waiting for something interesting to happen, which unfortunately never does. There is obvious personal passion which Mills feels for these people, but the significance is lacking to an outsider. Performances are fine, with Fanning becoming a reliable stand-out.
Rated 21 Mar 2021
6
34th
Filled with too many despondent characters, each with their own personal trials, to truly invest myself in what already felt like a disjointed and somewhat joyless story from the get go. Unless you consider women talking about their period a good time at the movies, in that case you'll have a blast.
Rated 27 Jun 2017
6
52nd
Can't shake the overall sense of lacking. It's just fine. Elle Fanning was great as always however.
Rated 20 Oct 2017
38
33rd
nostalgia trip/trap for a certain generation of american Liberal. But hey, it's up to us to bring it all back: all we have to do is tax the rich and unplug the internet. Or give up and watch movies like this one.
Rated 22 Jul 2017
100
99th
After a 2nd watch I'm confident in calling this a favorite of mine. My favorite film of 2016 to be sure. I love every aspect of this film; the genuine script, nuanced and textural direction, the perfect and bold editing, every single performance, and an incredible and essential soundtrack both on a tonal and plot level. This is one of only a few films that I feel have actually enriched my life with its meaning and messages. Video Review: https://youtu.be/7sM9hzH-qJw proud to be an art fag
Rated 09 Jul 2017
60
54th
Always pleasant and the acting is great, but the narration and structure are a crutch and the script tells the audience everything about these characters while showing little.
Rated 18 Jan 2017
75
59th
A supremely enjoyable coming-of-age film with focus on influence instead of subject. It is carried by witty, stinging dialogue and a balance of layered characters- None better than Gerwig, whose effect on the teenage boy feels natural and essential. My only gripe would be that it never feels triumphant or meaningful- ending on an offbeat note that left me craving a little bit more.
Rated 01 Aug 2018
80
57th
I always enjoy a film that has no real direction other than to spend time becoming fond of these relatable characters. A coming-of-age that brings together different periods of life, and what better way to do it than sharing a house between a mom, her son, two roommates and a girl who occasionally sleeps over? Many funny moments with a stunning cast.
Rated 02 Jan 2021
60
32nd
Basically an autobiography of people whose lives are too boring to be made into a film. Lol at the 1-minute appearance of a single black guy in the background. Greta Gerwig's screen presence is unstoppable though. I've been converted.
Rated 12 Jan 2017
90
97th
20th Century Women is a standout film and one of the few examples we have of a nearly transcendent coming-of-age story - in large part because the story and all of its usual beats and cliches take a back seat to the characters. Realistic, refreshing, and loud-out-loud funny, 20th Century Women isn't one to miss.
Rated 04 Mar 2018
68
30th
Annette Bening was incredible, but I just couldn't care about any of the other characters or the plot or the indie film pseudo-emotional cliches.
Rated 11 Dec 2019
98
97th
When one watches this film, they get the sense that Mills came as close to literally filming his own teenage years as he possibly could.
Rated 03 Feb 2017
6
54th
It glides along, self-consciously aware it's rooted in another era. Every now and again the characters step outside of their cleanly drawn stereotypes, and that's that. There's a lot of narration, there's a lot of folksy wisdom and one-liners (some of which I liked; some of which fell flat), but perhaps the most insightful words spoken are excerpts from a Jimmy Carter speech, and when Jimmy Carter is your film's best philosopher, you probably could have aimed a little higher. Not bad, though.
Rated 31 Dec 2016
75
75th
Beautifully made and acted but with a lot of focus on the male characters for a film called "20th Century Women," which made it somewhat disappointing.
Rated 25 Mar 2017
81
86th
detayı olaydan daha fazla gören ince anlatısı sadece bir dizi pek de özel olmayan karakteri sunarken tıpkı karakterleri gibi geçici olmasıyla iz bırakıyor. renkleri kadar heyecanlı ve bir yandan nostaljik yapısı güne ve onların birleşemeyişine dair hayli romantik cümleler ediyor ve mills bir kez daha etrafa hayranlıkla baktıran gözlerle hikayesini anlatıyor.
Rated 29 May 2018
82
60th
81.00+.50 = 81.50.
Rated 25 Feb 2017
83
79th
How is Annette Bening not Oscar nominated for this? Quite enjoyable little drama where the women get the spotlight for a change.
Rated 09 Nov 2017
35
38th
#17#, exp3, rw2, story, ratings, cast
Rated 28 Mar 2017
78
57th
Oddball 1979 film with a weak story. Ok cast, some interesting choices and occasional fresh takes on narrative, but the overall appeal of the film remained average. It's one of those films which serves better as a stylised document of a particular era, than as a narrative of characters. They had their moments, and there were certainly some funny ones, but the dynamic of a single mother and pubescent son had nowhere to go. Barely a single character advanced at all, apart from in their epilogues.
Rated 18 Jan 2017
80
68th
Realistic, entertaining, and somewhat empowering. I really enjoyed each character and how their personalities were distinct from one another.
Rated 20 Jun 2018
95
92nd
Hard to pinpoint everything that makes this film so great. Probably because everything about it is what makes it great. What makes it exceptional is its power, and how its power sneaks up on you, how it entangles you in these characters' lives, evokes empathy for each of them, treats them like humans rather than cutouts, and tells their story in a beautiful manner.
Rated 07 Apr 2017
60
21st
20th Century Women is well-written, well-acted, and perhaps even poignant in its portrayal of its characters coming together for a short period to influence each other's lives, centred around a coming-of-age story of a teenage boy. Unfortunately, it is also a film that barely resonated with me. Gerwig's character was the only one I enjoyed, while I wished the rest would just stop talking.
Rated 13 Jun 2017
81
82nd
Fantastic performances all around, specifically Annette Bening
Rated 10 Jul 2020
70
36th
Male feminism fun times :)
Rated 16 Dec 2023
7
83rd
I liked the storytelling style. Good performances all around, especially from Bening, Fanning, and Crudup.
Rated 29 Apr 2018
32
1st
Insufferable. I could not bring myself to finish watching this waste of time. The dialogue is pretentious and grating. The narrative doesn't go anywhere and neither do the unlikable loser characters. They just drift around, aimlessly, feeling sorry for themselves. Boohoo. Watching this actively made me think about how the people involved actually spend time filming this trash. People actually got paid writing this asinine dialogue and respectable actors wasted their time performing it. Avoid!
Rated 22 Aug 2019
80
89th
"Mom, why are you not happy?", Dorothea can't answer. We love each other even when we can't really comunicate and explain one another. Things get lost in translation. They are a community but they will all search happiness in different ways, grasping for something... right for them only. Sometimes artsy for the sake of it, but it's a very sensitive film, full of life, a great period piece, and the performances are incredible, especially by Annette Bening. I already miss those characters.
Rated 17 Jun 2017
65
61st
Mills can't help but drop names, books, cult references and old historical memorabilia, even PSYCHEDELIC FILTERS and his usual accelerated images and this almost ruins it. It's really the cast that holds most of this period piece about three women (one born before WWII, a grown-up who lived through the 60s madness and a young cynical girl) experiencing the life of a bright and gentle teenage boy. Maybe too self-celebrative, but still beautiful when it is able to breathe pure life movement.
Rated 03 Jan 2017
7
81st
Annette Bening is simply glorious as one of the title characters in 20th Century Women. (Note to the Academy, make sure that Best Actress nomination happens.) Despite its grandiose title, 20th Century Women unfolds as series of small moments - some hilarious and heartfelt, other silly and sorrowful - that help define the characters and their time.
Rated 13 Feb 2017
70
88th
I was listening to those Art Fags in my mom's uterus in that year. 🎶 Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens 🎶
Rated 27 May 2017
80
86th
have you ever woken up in bed and the sun was shining through the window and it was just warm enough; not too hot, no clouds, none of that? that's like this movie, kinda.
Rated 16 Nov 2018
55
31st
brochuresque take on feminism
Rated 20 May 2022
70
65th
The performances are solid, and I like the way that the story is told.
Rated 22 Jan 2017
8
42nd
There's not a scene in this movie that feels lacking in purpose and love. Never a shot for the sake of itself - there's always a deep emotion or thought being imparted. Mills' use of varying techniques - text on screen, variable frame rate, voice over, non-chronological editing - it feels like contemporary French New Wave. What else could this movie have done? Why don't I consider it perfect? I don't know. This film is really a series of connected portraits and its wonderful.
Rated 17 Mar 2017
93
94th
Held together by a series of very intimate conversations that somehow work really well on film
Rated 26 Mar 2017
65
45th
Gerwig, weirdly enough, is not annoying to watch here; competently sets light upon each characters personal dramas - except William, which is a character who, apparently, just is in the house so there's an adult male present (forced); that terrible "menstruation" scene; technically good; it's a very american movie; openly tries to support certain women related social/political positions - tries to look imparcial, but the political positions are very clear; it's quite a political work.
Rated 02 Mar 2017
7
73rd
A charming and poignant portrayal of a group of people sharing life's experiences in the late 1970's Great soundtrack.
Rated 12 Feb 2017
95
98th
Mike Mills is the Kurt Cobain to Miranda July's Courtney Love.
Rated 24 Aug 2017
85
88th
A tender, funny, and wistful film about the constant process of self-discovery, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN perfectly evokes a time (the late 1970s), a place (coastal California), and a cultural moment (the cusp of the materialistic and moralizing 80s). Lovely work all around, especially from Annette Bening and writer-director Mike Mills, who creates a portrait of an unconventional family unit--supportive to a fault--earnestly stumbling toward mutual understanding.
Rated 01 Jul 2017
70
46th
I'm somehow relieved that the marketing makes this appeal to an older demographic because god forbid a twee teenager or a Le Wrong Generation kid see this and think of doing anything in this film. But yeah good film
Rated 29 Jan 2017
92
94th
Bliss.
Rated 22 Mar 2017
84
76th
I have a soft-spot for Mike Mills' brand of story-telling, which overflows with nostalgia, tightly coiled dialogue, and a collage of found imagery. The film is hindered by its reliance on archetypal characters and boring heterosexual fuckery (jk?). That being said, he gives his actors room to breathe, and there's a wealth of humanity buried inside a weary glance and harrowed drag on a Salem from Bening. Side note: I really vibe with the term "art fag", but I love The Talking Heads & Black Flag.
Rated 26 Jan 2017
40
38th
Started out as an interesting slice of life. But the relentless armchair psychoanalysis...by EVERY CHARACTER?!?!!?...proved tiresome. Still, it would have made a decent TV pilot.
Rated 11 Feb 2017
50
8th
The entire movie is centered on the male character and his relationship with the women, it doesn't really focus on anything and it does not have any interesting points at all.
Rated 25 Feb 2019
79
84th
A feminist film about feminism, and it's made by a man AND it's good too!
Rated 09 Feb 2017
50
77th
Strong writing, bland execution.
Rated 17 Mar 2017
78
86th
Annette Bening is indeed very charming here.
Rated 07 Feb 2018
75
26th
Nice movie with sort of feminist message, however some of the problems of these people were hardly relatable.
Rated 12 Jul 2019
38
27th
couldn't finish it. Hippy, feminist nonsense
Rated 11 Aug 2018
5
92nd
This heartfelt, charming and at times toe-cringing coming of age story had me after 10 mins. It was refreshing and honest. Loved the cast and Bening was great. *Very good

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