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The Kids Are All Right (2010)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 208
Fresh: 194 | Rotten: 14

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


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 2

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Nov 16, 2010


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Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Sophisticated and funny, but once you get past the unusual premise and the fact that the main couple is realistically portrayed, there's nothing surprising about it.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source:
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It's a terrific film.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Definitions of family, love and friendship all get put to the test with wit and warmth in The Kids Are All Right, one of the year's most honest and endearing films.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Here are five gifted actors at the top of their games as five characters in search of what makes a family.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments (2)
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Cholodenko understands that the family, any family, remains a primal source for drama that is both mirthful and maddening.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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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.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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.

May 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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.

February 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Comments (3)
Eclipse Magazine

This is very tricky material to parse, mainly because the movie is telling us one thing in dialogue and showing us quite another visually.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

What it lacks in grandstanding and pandering to the 'issues', this film more than makes up for with its great story, rounded characters and genuine sense of fun.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The Kids Are All Right is witty, touching and humane - and decidedly up to the minute.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

More of a breezy drama, as opposed to a weighty comedy... the ace up its sleeve, aside from its "modern family" plot device, is its characters, brought to life with welcome layers and depth by the cast.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

How, despite such a talented, femme-centric cast, does Ruffalo's loveable idiot manage to walk off with the film?

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

Regardless of the orientations, 'The Kids Are All Right' is an all-American film.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

The Kids Are All Right would have been a highly regarded, stinging family drama in the tradition of American Beauty and Ordinary People even if the subject family was not so proudly unorthodox.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source:

A bittersweet family dramedy that challenges the perceptions of the perfect family...

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The combined troupe do a good enough job to make the movie get by, but not enough to mask the huge gears running the story, nor the accidental and ironic anti-progressiveness the movie has the potential to convey.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A long-form sitcom overly pleased with its own progressiveness.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...All the pieces are in place--I just wish Cholodenko had been a little more precious about the execution.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

Without any humor in the story, this would be a very sad story about a destructive mix of personalities causing havoc in a family. But the film does have a lot of humor in it.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Una sensible comedia dramática sobre la falta de certezas (o la eterna búsqueda de ellas) que implica formar una familia, más allá de definiciones y preferencias sexuales. Excelente elenco en el que brilla especialmente Annette Bening.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

if it wasn't for the distractingly wall-to-wall indie soundtrack... and mildly cop-out ending, I'd be pushing this straight to the top end of our Best of 2010 list.

November 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
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Audience Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

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.
January 6, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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.
September 18, 2013
Drake Tsui

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What to say about The Kids Are All Right?
Some good moments, but couldn't see any sophistication or humour. It's a high concept movie wich only difference is to bring a lesbian couple as the apparently perfect family: the father-provider (Nic), who works hard and always get the bad part (the boring parent), the free spirit, lovely but bored housewife (Jules), the beautiful and nice kids. It's interesting how the "bio-dad" figure is brought to the story and all its consequences, but it could've been better explored and not fall into common sense.

All the structure family is about to ruin with Paul. He's a cool guy and is doing "his" role quite well being present and giving confidence to both Laser and Joni. In any moment they wonder what all that means, except for Nic. They only see themselves as a (close) family again when Paul fucks up. And when that happens, all the fault is put over him. Joni says she just wished that he could've been better. Wouldn't it be more sensate and logical to expect that Jules, her mother, could've been better and not him? Jules has all excuses (marriage is hard, she didn't feel appreciate) and in the end is nothing but the common "it's all men's fault" (easy sex, immaturity, the family destroyer).

Paul basically says Jules she's talented and agrees with all she does and that is enough to make her feel appreciated. Ok, it can happen, but we could understand it if it was with a woman. Lesbians don't have such fantasies. Bisexual women do. Is human sexuality complicated? Oh, please! Not to mention the typical (and tiresome) "male-wild" sex scenes.

August 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

A really outstanding drama. Quirky and funny without ever, ever being irritating, a string of perfect performances, perfectly cast, and notably the young stars live up to the Indie icons surrounding them. A really thought provoking, moving and funny film, simultaneously wryly cynical and honestly heartfelt, devoid of cynicism.
October 27, 2012
Louis Rogers

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    1. Laser: Did you guys think I was gay?
    – Submitted by Georgie H (2 years ago)
    1. Jules: [on lesbian pornography] ...usually they just hire two women to pretend, and the inauthenticity is just unbearable.
    – Submitted by Jose D (2 years ago)
    1. Jules: I wish you were gay, you'd be much more sensitive.
    – Submitted by Joey J (3 years ago)
    1. Paul: It's hard enough to open your heart in this world. Don't make it harder.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Jules: ...marriage is hard... Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It's a fucking marathon, okay? So, sometimes, you know, you're together for so long, that you just... You stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices... You know if I read more Russian novels, then...
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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