Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)



Critic Consensus: The divorce subject isn't as shocking, but the film is still a thoughtful, well-acted drama that resists the urge to take sides or give easy answers.

Movie Info

In this film, Joanna Kramer walks out on her advertising-art-director husband Michael. Also left behind is the Kramers' 6-year-old son Billy. At first, both father and son resent each other's company but soon form a strong bond. Suddenly, Joanna reenters his life, announcing that she wants full custody of Billy.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Benton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2008
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Dustin Hoffman

as Ted Kramer
Meryl Streep

as Joanna Kramer
Justin Henry

as Billy Kramer
Jane Alexander

as Margaret Phelps
Howard Duff

as John Shaunessy
George Coe

as Jim O'Connor
JoBeth Williams

as Phyllis Bernard
Bill Moor

as Gressen
Howland Chamberlain

as Judge Atkins
Howland Chamberlin

as Judge Atkins
Jack Ramage

as Spencer
Jess Osuna

as Ackerman
Nicholas Hormann

as Interviewer
Ellen Parker

as Teacher
Shelby Brammer

as Ted's Secretary
Carol Nadell

as Mrs. Kline
Judith Calder

as Receptionist
Dan Tyra

as Court Clerk
Petra King

as Petie Phelps
Melissa Morell

as Kim Phelps
Ingeborg Sorenson

as Woman at Christmas P...
Iris Alhanti

as Partygoer
Richard Barris

as Partygoer
Joann Friedman

as Partygoer
Joe Seneca

as Partygoer
Frederic W. Hand

as Street Musician
Scott Kuney

as Street Musician
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Critic Reviews for Kramer vs. Kramer

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10)

Kramer vs. Kramer is greatly enriched by its exceptional cast.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's an interesting movie to look back on for its attitudes: In the guise of being a consciousness-raiser it plumps for male tenderness and demonizes the mother who can't recognize how far her workaholic ex-hubbie has come.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Kramer Vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Top Critic

Benton's direction must first be praised for his choice of actors and his collaboration with them.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a movie to watch together -- your kids may well seek shelter under your arm, glad to know their own families enjoy more peace.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

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