• PG, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Benton
    In Theaters:
    Dec 19, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Kramer vs. Kramer Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Misogynistic claptrap.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 13, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Another in a long list of those overrated Oscar winners for Best Picture.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

February 26, 2007
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Set up to make Hoffman seem like the good guy, and it's so confident that we'll root for him that it gets sloppy.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 7, 2006
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 19, 2013

Empire Magazine

Hugely popular on its initial release, this looks, in retrospect, like nothing much more than a glossy soap passed off as serious drama.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2008
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

There is so seldom even one great performance in a movie that three is too much to expect. For that reason alone, this story of a couple battling for custody of their young son is a remarkable achievement.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

January 17, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Kramer vs. Kramer wouldn't be half as good as it is -- half as intriguing and absorbing -- if the movie had taken sides.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 27, 2002
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

it remains one of the most compelling films of the decade, even if time has tarnished a bit of its sheen.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2008
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Hoffman excels at being an Everyman, a modern professional whose life is rearranged by a child, a movie cliché that he pulls off without a trace of melodrama.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: A-

May 22, 2004
Dale Pollock
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

February 6, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2005
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Sensitive, truthful look at the breakup of a family.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2014
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 24, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

This excellent struggle of a dad to keep his son by his side is a pure classic, with Hoffman at his best.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 13, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A high class modern weepie.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I wonder where Billy Kramer would be today.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a revealing look at child custody battles in the courtroom. It's a dirty business and everybody is hurt in the process.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

October 13, 2001
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