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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)



Critic Consensus: We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).

Movie Info

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is … More

Rating: R (for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lionel Shriver , Lynne Ramsay , Rory Stewart Kinnear , Rory Kinnear
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 29, 2012
Box Office: $1.7M
Oscilloscope Pictures - Official Site


as Kevin (Teenager)

as Kevin (6-8 Years)

as Kevin (Toddler)

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Critic Reviews for We Need to Talk About Kevin

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (45)

It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

As a psychological study of a shattered mother struggling to make sense of a heinous crime carried out by her teenage son, it's endlessly fascinating.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A high school killing spree leads to a captivating examination of parenthood and the 'nature vs nurture' debate.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

A real-world horror movie -- for parents.

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Tribune News Service

It may not be a crowd-pleaser, but it's not every day we get an emotional powerhouse of a film done this well.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

We Need To Talk About Kevin is a brooding, unnerving but wholly rewarding film.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for We Need to Talk About Kevin

Basically the Anti-Boyhood, this film hints at a horrible crime carried out by a teenage son and then tells us in flashbacks about his upbringing and the mother's coping with the tragedy. That's quite a demanding task for Swinton who aces her role in every aspect. She's the center of attention. While we get glimpses of Kevin's childhood and how things already went badly there, we're never told why or what exactly went wrong. In the end, his final act of violence is so unadulterated evil and shocking, that it feels like you have been watching a horror film all along. Of course the director was out for that, while refusing to give a comfortable explanation. But it also takes away some of the realism and leaves you so disturbed you're wondering what you've been watching for two hours. A film that is hard to love but should be viewed at least once. I bet some of the images will stay for a very long time.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


GREAT acting. It is strange and dark the way the story is told, maybe too artsy at times... but I am happy I stuck with it to the end. Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller are very talented!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


We Need to Talk about Kevin is a stunning piece of cinema that is brilliantly acted and directed. The film tells the story of Kevin, a disturbed antisocial teen, who has sadistic tendencies. As he grows older, his behavior becomes more intense, and disturbing. Director Lynne Ramsay crafts something truly unique here, and the film does move a bit slow, but there is always something going on to keep you involved. Tilda Swinton gives a great performance, but the actor who really impressed me was Ezra Miller in the role of Kevin. I though he brought something unique to the screen that made this film standout. This is a thoroughly engaging drama that is one of the finest films that I've seen in recent years. Some of the content is eerie, bone chilling, but that is elevated by a well written script and effective directing. This is a well thought drama that is sure to please viewers looking for something truly intense throughout. This film can easily be seen as a decent into madness for a Teen that is definitely not quite right. Films should definitely be more like this-a strong cast of talented actors and an engaging storyline is what cinema needs right now. The direction is immaculate and it is a hard, but always riveting movie from start to finish. We Need to Talk About Kevin is a remarkable drama that won't disappoint. Lynne Ramsay has crafted something truly original and unforgettable. The film is hard to watch, and will definitely make your viewing experience an unforgettable one. This is a film not to be missed if you enjoy complex dramatic works.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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