Plot

This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he’s given one last chance……While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be ‘slopping out’ for the next twenty years, or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’ the ‘Water of Life?’ Only the angels know……..

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Movie Reviews:
  • 88
    New York Post - by Farran Smith Nehme
    At age 76, Loach also decided to offer his characters, and audience, some hope — at the bottom of a glass. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Steven Boone
    Loach's realism always carries a distinct sense of humor, volatility and, most alarmingly in this hypercapitalist new century, a socialist passion for The People. ...

  • 83
    Portland Oregonian - by Grant Butler
    Although some of the accents are so thick it's difficult to understand the dialogue (where are the subtitles when we need them?) the performances feel genuine. ...read more

  • 80
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The Angels’ Share is a rare upbeat Ken Loach comedy — and a wee dram of bliss. Set in Scotland, it has a blessedly funny overture. ...read more

  • 80
    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. ...read more

  • 80
    Total Film - by Staff [Not Credited]
    For all its bleak edges, The Angels’ Share warms like a sip of the good stuff. ...read more

  • 75
    NPR - by Ella Taylor
    Leaving this improbably feel-good movie, you'll wish Robbie all the luck in the world, and the mentors to go with it. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Mike D'Angelo
    The cast is immensely appealing, the heist is ingenious, and the collision of hardscrabble working-class kids and Sideways-style alcohol snobs generates steady laughs, though somewhat predictable ones. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    The Angels' Share leaves a warm glow. ...read more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Ken Loach better watch out. From the start of his illustrious career his name has been synonymous with left-wing politics expressed in remarkably fine, consistently serious social-realist dramas, most of them set in England or Scotland. Now he has gone and directed a comedy from a script by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, and it's so delightful that his fans will be clamoring for more. ...read more

  • 70
    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.” ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Stephen Dalton
    A few clumsy touches do not seriously diminish the charm of a film that is ultimately a heart-warming celebration of kindness, friendship and forgiveness. Like a fine whisky, the angry old man of British social realism seems to be mellowing with age. It suits him. ...read more

  • 67
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    The film itself vaporizes before your eyes, but it’s likable. Given its unstable mishmash of thuggery and whimsy, that’s something of an achievement. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Eric Hynes
    Loach coaxes an endearingly poised performance out of nonprofessional Brannigan, and largely sells these scuffling characters as neither hopeless nor heroic—just terribly human. ...read more

  • 60
    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. ...read more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Calum Marsh
    When The Angels' Share suddenly transforms, in its final act, into a kind of farcical heist picture, that fleeting slapstick tendency wins out, regrettably diminishing the film's social consciousness in the process. ...read more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by Glenn Heath Jr.
    Ken Loach's breezy scribble about lowlife redemption and drunken buffoonery isn't so much heavy-handed as it is charmingly weightless. ...

  • 42
    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. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. daveyboy1

    Just superb. Best movie ive seen in a long long time. 11/10




  2. life77

    Very enjoyable film. Loved every minute of it. 5/5




  3. Dylan2012

    I seen this in the cinema. Great film.




  4. ch3rubrock

    Cracking scottish movie. hilarious 9/10.




  5. grrrrrrrrr

    Great bit of cinema, nice ending to troubled lives. But damn the bald guy, was such an idiot!! 4/5