We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
We're not supposed to talk about a lot of the ugly feelings Kevin stirs up, but maybe we need to.
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
A high school killing spree leads to a captivating examination of parenthood and the 'nature vs nurture' debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
A real-world horror movie -- for parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
We Need To Talk About Kevin is a brooding, unnerving but wholly rewarding film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 15, 2012
It would be easy to say that the film would be nothing without Tilda Swinton. It wouldn't, but the narrative is quite engaging and Swinton's isn't the only terrific performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 27, 2012
There's an infinitely more impactful movie to be made that deals with the same subject but doesn't take things to an unrealistic extreme. A son that's not the very spawn of the devil is a solid place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 14, 2012
One of the most chilling films of 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 31, 2012
The best horror penetrates beyond external vibe to internal thought-process and the film never truly takes us within the mother's head.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 20, 2012
Un drama psicológico tenso y abrumador, en algún punto quizás insoportable. Al final, nadie espera que se entienda por qué pasó lo que pasó, pero sí al menos que se tenga una aproximación a lo que es vivir con una pesadilla a cuestas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
Whatever you think of the philosophical weight of Ramsay's film - I find it ... less nuanced than David Foster Wallace's one liner that Hobbes was simply "Rousseau in a dark mirror" - there's a fierce integrity in Swinton's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Irony clashes with disturbing drama
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
A powerful look inside a mother's torment
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 10, 2012
A pretentious, unpleasant, woolly headed movie that's nothing more than a cheesy horror picture for people who wouldn't be caught dead going to a cheesy horror picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 9, 2012
Smug but fascinating: The movie is a woman's cry of anguish for an unjust world that enables men at all levels of age and power to get away with cruelty, brutality, murder and even war because, well, 'that's what boys DO.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Gallucci
Orlando Weekly
April 4, 2012
Swinton doesn't say much; she doesn't have to. Her tear-stained eyes and anguished face carry all her emotions. In a career filled with so many terrific, subtle performances, this is clearly one of her best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 4, 2012
Rock Duer's a shoo-in if they ever make Satan: The Toddler Years and Jasper Newell manages to project an aura of pure evil even in pull-ups, but it's Ezra Miller as the adolescent Kevin who makes you believe you're in the presence of an American monster.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 23, 2012
Of all the nomination flubs made this past January by the Academy of Harvey Weinstein Arts and Sciences, the most egregious mistake was arguably the lack of a Best Actress nod for Tilda Swinton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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