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1,399 Ratings

A Most Violent Year

Directed by J.C. Chandor
United States, 2014
Action, Crime, Drama


Set in New York in the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history, the film follows an immigrant’s determined ascent within a maze of political and industrial corruption. Rivalries threaten his business, family, and his belief in the righteousness of his own path.

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A Most Violent Year Directed by J.C. Chandor

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Editing

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

National Board of Review

2014 | 3 wins including: Best Film

[Chandor is] proving to be a smart director whose skill is growing astronomically in three movies. If he were an athlete, I’d have my suspicions about the source of that strength. But at the movies, you’re grateful to have him. He respects an audience enough to assume they’ll stay with him, and he’s a fluid enough storyteller that you very much want to keep up.
January 06, 2015
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One of those rare films that, like The Godfather, explore the messy, critical collision zone between crime, business, politics, and home life. It’s a world in which, finally, your soul stands slightly less chance of staying clean than a camelhair coat.
December 05, 2014
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In little over three years and three features, writer-director J.C. Chandor has launched himself into the rare company of uncompromising filmmakers with more than superheroes on the brain… A Most Violent Year, Chandor’s absorbing no-bull NYC drama, further clarifies what might be the most promising career in American movies: an urban-headed filmmaker attuned to economies of place and time, with an eye on the vacant throne of Sidney Lumet.
November 07, 2014
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