Year by the Sea

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Year by the Sea
Year by the Sea poster.jpg
Directed byAlexander Janko
Produced byLaura Goodenow
Alexander Janko
Dale Armin Johnson
Bill Latka
Written byAlexander Janko
Based onA Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman
by Joan Anderson
StarringKaren Allen
Music byAlexander Janko
CinematographyBryan Papierski
Edited byNoriko Sakamoto
Montabela Productions
Rivet Entertainment LLC
Distributed byReal Women Make Waves
Release date
  • April 9, 2016 (2016-04-09) (Vail)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States

Year by the Sea is a 2016 American comedy-drama film starring Karen Allen.[1][2][3][4] It is the screenwriting and directorial debut of Alexander Janko.[5] The film is based on Joan Anderson's 2000 memoir A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman.[6]


Hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free.



The film has a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[7] Josh Terry of the Deseret News awarded the film two and a half stars.[8] Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic awarded the film two stars out of five.[9] Susan Wloszczyna of The Washington Post awarded the film two stars out of four.[10] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe awarded the film one and a half stars.[11]

Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger gave the film a negative review and wrote that it "is little more than a lame excuse for good actors to embarrass themselves by uttering eye-rolling bromides about aging gracefully."[12]


  1. ^ Linden, Sheri (6 September 2017). "'Year by the Sea': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ Ayuso, Pilar (23 February 2017). "'Year by the sea', sensiblero y demodé". El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ Olszewski, Tricia (8 September 2017). "'Year by the Sea' Review: Female Empowerment Comedy Is Insufferably Twee". TheWrap. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Goldstein, Gary (28 December 2017). "Review Karen Allen is a wonder, but she deserves better than 'Year by the Sea'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ Means, Sean P. (28 September 2017). "'Year by the Sea' is a soggy tale of self-discovery". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  6. ^ Horwitz, Simi (6 September 2017). "Film Review: Year by the Sea". Film Journal International. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Year by the Sea". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ Terry, Josh (2 October 2017). "Movie review: Memoir-based 'Year By the Sea' considers self-discovery through marital separation". Deseret News. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill (21 September 2017). "'Year by the Sea' stranded by cliches, bad writing". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  10. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (21 September 2017). "'Year by the Sea': Only sporadic melodrama in this vicarious trip to Cape Cod". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  11. ^ Burr, Ty (21 September 2017). "Karen Allen is the one true thing in 'Year by the Sea'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  12. ^ Alexander, Al (21 September 2017). "Movie review: 'Year' is lost at sea". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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