Strong acting and little story transform Mike Leigh’s film into a poignant slice of life.
Drama Phil Bacharach
Nothing much happens in Mike Leigh films, at least not in the strictest sense of Plot Mechanics 101. There are no car chases or explosions, not even a juicy epiphany in the final reel.
Drama Rod Lott
If I could play God, when the Best Animated Feature envelope is torn
open at next month’s Oscars, the winner wouldn’t be the presumed lock of
“Toy Story 3,” but the dark horse, “The Illusionist.”