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The Tender Bar

6.71 h 46 min2021X-RayHDRUHD15
​​From director George Clooney and based on the best-selling memoir, The Tender Bar follows an aspiring writer (Tye Sheridan) pursuing his romantic and professional dreams. From a stool in his uncle’s (Ben Affleck) bar, he learns what it means to grow up from a colorful group of local characters.
George Clooney
Ben AffleckTye SheridanLily Rabe
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Christopher LloydMax Martini
Grant HeslovGeorge ClooneyTed Hope
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4.3 out of 5 stars

158 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Rich PeacockReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Reeks of politics
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oh so boring. Very America post-2016. I get it. Rough, Archetypal American men are the enemy. They are the baddies. Either stupid or violent and stupid. Why not say: deplorable? (I'm surprised they don't have a trump flag flying from their pickup truck). There's nothing in this film about why they might be suffering or what happened to their towns or who they are. Only judgement upon judgement upon judgement upon ridicule. What a poor effort of reflecting the truth of working people. I'm not convinced that the author comes from this background. If they do they have mercilessly sold out their working-class family and danced like a minstrel for the amusement of the upper classes.

A shallow, ugly program. Poor art. Worthless trash.
19 people found this helpful
Hadley DeanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
George Clooney does it again
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Really enjoyable- Ben Affleck steals the show but pity Christopher Lloyd didn't have a bigger part. Ty Sheridan reminiscent of a young Richard Gere. The sort of film they used to make: Get a decent novel, write a good screenplay and cast it well. The critics knocked it but it passes the 20 minute test so definitely worth a view in my opinion.
9 people found this helpful
Wendy Y.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
TRULY TOUCHING , all engrossing, sensitively directed dramatisation of widely appealing memoir
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If you need high octane drama this is probably not for you. HOWEVER THIS IS FAR FROM EITHER SLOW OR BORING and will have a very wide target audience of the more contemplative kind. No spoilers, the narrative is based on the memoirs of the author JR growing up as the child of an absent father and a mother continually struggling with misfortune but with aspirations she vicariously lives through her son. Growing up with a dysfunctional and poor but loving extended family in one house, all the occupants resigned to their lost dreams, JR is encouraged by his Uncle Charley , brilliantly played by Ben Afflec his mother and Grandpa to apply to Yale. It is his uncles philosophy that form the structure for his moral platform and indeed the bulk of humour together with that of a tightly cohesive community that keeps the drama flowing.

As some have commented, there is little to fill in the transition from young JR to teenage JR who is played very sensitively by Sheridan, but personally, I didn’t think this mattered.How JR is perceived in this mid twentieth century drama appears to vary widely. For me the story was inspirational, showing just how with extrinsic and/ or intrinsic support and motivation, children raised In financially difficult circumstances can still make it, given love and support. Basically the everyday struggles of everyday people living in a strong working class community in Long Island, but far from boring. All the performances were first class but Ben Affleks portrayal was superlatively Oscar deserving. Clooney just has the knack for landing the core slap bang in the laps of the viewer. Loved the soundtrack.

Probably this falls into the MARMITE category. There is NO INSTANT GRATIFICATION in endless intense scenes, just highly contemplative and relatable story telling, so, since I could and would watch this again it’s a five star production for me.
5 people found this helpful
Simon G. GarrettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
I really needed this
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Simple, honest, feel good movie. Go watch it.
11 people found this helpful
Miss S. L. PerlmutterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Movie on how true fatherly love can come in many shapes and forms
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George Clooney is a wonderful director and producer..He creates a picture that you just want to watch again & again.. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Welcome to Collingwood, Argo to name a view. But he's had some fails..
The script, casting, Costume help George make this a movie..I look forward to seeing Daniel Ranieri star in many more films to come after his debut role and I absolutely loved Christopher Christopher Lloyd as Grandpa and Ben Affleck as Uncle Charlie :-) Well done crew!
7 people found this helpful
BrianstormReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just awful
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Beyond hammy. The characters are all almost unwatchable caricatures. Lazy, predictable dialogue. Swaggering macho acting at every turn. Completely lacking in any nuance. Wanted to vomit when Affleck's character winks in the final scene. That moment was almost parodic. Everything that is wrong with current Hollywood filmmaking. Formulaic and completely lacking any effort.
8 people found this helpful
RoseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seeing this film once is just not enough!
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One of the best films I've seen in a long, long time. Clooney's direction just gets better and better and that coupled with Afleck's Uncle Charlie was for me just brilliant. Looking forward to seeing it again soon.
7 people found this helpful
Mark BarryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
"...You Go Back Jack..." - The Tender Bar film by George Clooney - A Review
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George Clooney is beloved (let's face it) and could make most ladies on the planet still go weak at the knees. And I think he's a world-class actor too when given the material ("The Ides Of March", "Michael Clayton", "Up In The Air" and even the underrated WWII movie "The Monuments Men"). But when he directs, I've found he's made some serious dogs - "Suburbicon" was nasty and brutish and that last one "The Midnight Sky" about people in space where he's the last man at some radio station in the snow was just kind of pointless and irritating no matter how good it looked. But "The Tender Trap" from 2021 is a directorial winner. In fact, I loved it.

I'm not quite sure where some people get off saying it was awful etc - that's simply not true. The ensemble cast of various 1970s Long Island bar-hounds is great (Max Casella especially), an ancient but very touching Granpa Maguire is played by the hugely likeable Christopher Lloyd of "Back To The Future" fame (check him out in Bob Odenkirk's cleverly in-yer-face "Nobody"), newcomer Daniel Ranieri is mesmerizing as the young 8-year-old kid, whilst the older Junior is an always topnotch Tye Sheridan – suitably lost and pining for a Dad on the radio he only occasionally sees when sober but still hears as some kind of magical being (a broodingly brilliant Max Martini).

A perfectly chosen soundtrack is a thing of beauty in its own right for a period film like this – New Jersey shuffles woven into the narrative rather than sticking out like a sore thumb – and that's what you get with "The Tender Bar". But it's the writing that I loved the most - the portrayal of reality - the sheer good luck it represents to have good family and friends vs. the cruelty of life and its maddening lack of opportunities for those without money or the will to fight.

Lily Rabe is fantastic as Junior's husband-abandoned illness-racked Mum Dorothy, determined to get her dreamer word-boy into Yale University (as God is my witness) so that he gets the chances in life she never did. And at the core of "The Tender Bar" is someone who cares. There's a flow between the Ben Affleck Uncle Charlie Maguire character and the young dreamer boy Junior that makes the film hum. Throw in cool voiced narration by Ron Livingstone and it feels classy.

The sepia look to give it that 70ts period feel was maybe a little too overused, but this film felt good to me and the better half right from the get go. "The Tender Bar" is a bit of a wee gem and any film that ends with the full-length five-plus minute version of Steely Dan's stunning "Do It Again" (which is astonishingly 50 years old this September 2022 and still sounds fresh) is a winner in my book...
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