The Kids Are All Right Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 21, 2010
Doesn't offer much beyond the rather depressing realization that, in today's screens, progressive sexual politics boil down to making a gay family's dysfunction as hackneyed as a straight family's
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 24, 2010
The Critics Are All Wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 30, 2010
Sure, the kids are all right, but poor dad has been beaten to a pulp!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 26, 2010
A long-form sitcom overly pleased with its own progressiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
February 23, 2011
This is very tricky material to parse, mainly because the movie is telling us one thing in dialogue and showing us quite another visually.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
July 9, 2010
The bottom line is that I didn't find "The Kids Are All Right" to be particularly intriguing on any level. It seems too calculated to be taken as serious entertainment.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
February 27, 2011
The dialog seems like it was pulled from a magazine full of bad liberal clichés. It feels as if people who used to be progressives, but want people to think they still are wrote this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 10, 2010
The combined troupe do a good enough job to make the movie get by, but not enough to mask the huge gears running the story, nor the accidental and ironic anti-progressiveness the movie has the potential to convey.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
August 11, 2010
While Certainly Not its Intent, this Film is So Vapid in its Plot and Empty in Character It Ends Up Being Anti-Gay in Message.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
June 18, 2010
What we have is an amiable character portrait that is enjoyable at times, but for me, difficult to get emotionally invested in.
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 5, 2010
There are not only glancing moments but whole sequences in this movie when the agony of social embarrassment makes you want to haul the characters to their feet and slap them in the chops.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
November 24, 2010
...All the pieces are in place--I just wish Cholodenko had been a little more precious about the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
July 7, 2010
Cholodenko's films always falter through their obvious, self-congratulatory point-making.
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 9, 2010
Somewhere around the halfway mark, the realization arrives with a dull thud: Turns out that unconventional families can be just as tedious in their melodramatic dysfunctions as any traditional clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
Bening hoists this heavy-handed dramedy high with a burst of superhuman strength. And all you can do is sit in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
We're shown real life problems in a fictional story that gives us real life solutions. Bravo Lisa, your film is more than all right.
Chase Whale
May 1, 2015
I want to high five the person who cast Benning and Moore as a couple. They're scenes are the most delicious parts of the film.
Belinda Hazleton
FILMINK (Australia)
August 31, 2010
This intelligent, non-confronting film doesn't set out to change the world. Rather, it presents a compassionate view of family life today, without judgement or undue comment.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
What it lacks in grandstanding and pandering to the 'issues', this film more than makes up for with its great story, rounded characters and genuine sense of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
There are few films as soulful and human as Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. That a film can set itself apart from the pack by merely being human is somewhat depressing, but there you have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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