Manchester by the Sea — especially in the early going — is as clunky as its title. Poorly executed flashbacks, a bane of cinema, and a general lack of mastery behind the lens greatly hinder the picture. Yet from these inauspicious roots a strong story, held together by solid performances, pans out.
No doubt this will be one of the dozen or so pictures nominated as best of the year; for me: good but not great. 7/10