• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Alexander Payne
    In Theaters:
    Nov 18, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 13, 2012
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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The Descendants Reviews

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Jeff Beck

Each year there are usually one or two films that don't deserve all of the insane praise they get (last year's The Fighter is a prime example) and it looks like "The Descendants" is one for this year.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

No doubt the awards hype around the film will get people into cinemas but it doesn't warrant the attention considering Payne's previous work and Clooney has put in much better performances.

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Simon Miraudo

For every moving or darkly comic or genuinely surprising moment, there's a cloying one close behind.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 11, 2012
Glenn Dunks

The Descendants is an exercise in why women are such horrible, despicable shrews. When this film isn't demonising its female characters for daring to be unhappy in their marriage, it's condescending them for showing too much emotion...

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

I kept expecting it to get better, but it just sort of did its thing and called it a day.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2011
Tony Macklin

Callng Chevy Chase. George Clooney has taken your role. The Descendants calls out for Clark Griswold and his brood -- The Griswolds in Hawaii. This time around George Clooney plays the clueless dad.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

November 27, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

From beginning to end, everything that happens in "The Descendants" feels false.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

November 17, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Wants to be mature but can't help shortchanging its drama through constant reliance on its protagonist's unimpeachable nobility.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

December 12, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Telegraphs every emotional beat and holds the viewer's hand every step of the way, giving us the most sanitised and programmatic version of catharsis imaginable.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

December 1, 2011
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] Perhaps the best thing "The Descendants" has to offer is its depiction of Hawaii as a place like any other that only appears as a tropical paradise on the surface.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

October 11, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Payne has the ability to make something as rich and as joyous as Sideways, and The Descendants is not it.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1/5

February 17, 2012
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma narrativa artificial e frágil que soa mais como a visão de um roteirista alienado de Hollywood sobre a vida de uma pessoa comum (multimilionária, claro) do que como algo com o qual indivíduos reais poderiam se identificar de alguma maneira.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

January 28, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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I'm a notorious softie, and I found things to like about the film, most particularly Clooney's performance; but I remained untouched.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 14, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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It left me cold. The pathos is as unearned as the protagonist's privilege.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2011

What a pity the artistic trust (director/co-writer Alexander Payne along with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash whose screenplay was based on Kaui Hart Hemming's novel) couldn't find a way of making the protagonist's character more sympathetic.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3/5

December 23, 2011
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A dismal cacophony of turgid emotion and lame comedy.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2011
Kurt Loder
Reason Online

It's a picture that once again prompts the self-answering question, "Is George Clooney great, or what?"

Full Review Source: Reason Online

November 17, 2011
Jordan Hiller

Hawaii's lush and luminous landscape is well appreciated, but it does nothing to mask the maddeningly irrational plot-points Payne expects us to swallow in the name of an alleged skewering social commentary.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 1/4

January 4, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper

Another over praised George Clooney film.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 5/10

December 7, 2011

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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