Rich Pure Doom’s review published on Letterboxd:
Lesley Manville didn't even get a Best Actress nomination for her performance here. Let that sink in a bit if you ever wonder why nobody really gives the Oscars any merit in serious circles. This, like all of the best Mike Leigh films, is a study in how engrossing films consisting of only great acting and extended dialogue scenes can be if done properly. Manville is the standout, but everyone is good here. Leigh is an expert on loneliness, and his best trait is how to shoot an actor for the audience to get inside their head. When to zoom, and when to linger on their face. It's all quite marvelous, and one of Leigh's best.