The Kids Are All Right (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Kids Are All Right (2010)



Critic Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.

Movie Info

The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch.more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2010
Box Office: $20.8M
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Sasha Spielberg
as Waify Girl
James MacDonald
as Clay's Dad
Margo Victor
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (41)

Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

I want to high five the person who cast Benning and Moore as a couple. They're scenes are the most delicious parts of the film.

Full Review… | May 1, 2015

We're shown real life problems in a fictional story that gives us real life solutions. Bravo Lisa, your film is more than all right.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Bening hoists this heavy-handed dramedy high with a burst of superhuman strength. And all you can do is sit in awe.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A twist on the traditional family drama, where every character has depth and deserves redemption.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

The dialog seems like it was pulled from a magazine full of bad liberal clichés. It feels as if people who used to be progressives, but want people to think they still are wrote this movie.

Full Review… | February 27, 2011
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are All Right


I don't know why this film is labeled a comedy since it has nothing to laugh about. In fact, it is a little drama that wants to make you feel liberal accepting a family of lesbians, but the characters are poorly developed, the conflicts are artificial and clichéd, and the story lacks dramatic impulse.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Annette Bening gives a stunning performance, but it's also a mix of situations and a high level of authenticity and tension that allow for The Kids Are All Right to shine. It is an enjoyable, and ultimately, heartwarming watch.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

TKAAR is sort of the most perfect dramedy I've seen on the subject of marriage and family values.

The cast of "modern characters" are all incredibly colorful in their own right but through their interactions with each other become truly authentic. Their rounded/layered characterizations is what really makes the film shine, transcending the politically provoking/gimmicky premise.

It's a great story, that manages to map the sophisticated issues and struggles of each character gracefully without feeling staged whilst delivering a satisfying ending that isn't obnoxiously hollywood.

Also I'd like to add, the film is outright hilarious! Which balances very well with the heavy drama explored through and through.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

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