The Kids Are All Right Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 29, 2010
Sophisticated and funny, but once you get past the unusual premise and the fact that the main couple is realistically portrayed, there's nothing surprising about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2010
It's a terrific film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 23, 2010
Definitions of family, love and friendship all get put to the test with wit and warmth in The Kids Are All Right, one of the year's most honest and endearing films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2010
Here are five gifted actors at the top of their games as five characters in search of what makes a family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 16, 2010
Cholodenko understands that the family, any family, remains a primal source for drama that is both mirthful and maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2010
Cholodenko and cowriter Stuart Blumberg have crafted a loving work about family that will resonate as true for those who find their experience reflected on the big screen and will be revelatory to others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 16, 2010
A comedy of modern manners with the texture of a great short story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 16, 2010
Just about everyone who has been a parent, child or partner will find resonance in its bittersweet depiction of the joys and trials of lifelong intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 15, 2010
Cholodenko's film stands as one of the best American films of the year precisely because it's willing to look at what love truly gives, and what it truly takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 15, 2010
Movies like The Kids Are All Right -- beautifully written, impeccably played, funny and randy and true -- don't come along very often.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 15, 2010
The acting in this film is so good, across the board, that it doesn't feel like acting; we're simply watching a family going through some drama (and comedy) over a summer before its eldest child leaves for college.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2010
The Kids Are All Right is a smart, cheerful, character-driven relationship comedy. In other words, it's a miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 9, 2010
The Kids Are All Right is the movie we've been waiting for all year: a comedy that doesn't take cheap shots, a drama that doesn't manipulate, a movie of ideas that doesn't preach.
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 9, 2010
The performances are all close to perfect, which is to say that the imperfections of each character are precisely measured and honestly presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 9, 2010
The Kids Are All Right might not be as edgy as Cholodenko's past work, but this more mainstream effort has lots of smarts, lots of heart and an open mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 9, 2010
The specifics of the story only underlie its general, and universal theme: Marriages and families can be hard work -- and kind of worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 8, 2010
It's a movie about basic things, about the meaning of family and the vulnerability of families, with the suggestion that the ones most subject to bombardment are the families least protected by custom and tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 8, 2010
The basic joke here, and it's a rich one, is that the dynamics of gay marriages differ little from those of straight marriages. But that joke also serves as a catalyst for some startlingly beautiful considerations...
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 8, 2010
Kids may sound like typically quirky arthouse fare. But this is a movie for everyone -- and, in one way or another, about everyone, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 8, 2010
This gem features five topnotch, multidimensional performances in one of this summer's most engaging films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 8, 2010
The best thing about the film is its bigheartedness. It's not out to mock these people, but rather to show how any person of any orientation can become unraveled when high-minded principles meet with base human instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 8, 2010
An intimate, funny, occasionally upsetting depiction of a loving family that is, like so many families, often only just functional.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2010
Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 8, 2010
Plenty of movies strive for topicality, but occasionally something like The Kids Are All Right slaps you in the face with the world you're actually living in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2010
"All right" doesn't begin to describe it ... the easiest movie to love I've seen all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 8, 2010
It's a film about marriage itself, an institution with challenges that are universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 7, 2010
Kids makes its own special magic. It's irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 7, 2010
Cholodenko and her cast turn what could have been an utterly artificial story into a warm, funny, sharp-tongued and broiling examination of the volatility underlying even the happiest of families.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 7, 2010
The director alternates incident-laden storytelling with penetrating character moments that her terrific cast acts to the fullest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 7, 2010
Touching and funny in their upheaval, the people in The Kids Are All Right open the door to a brand new examination of family values that leaves you charged and cheering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
The actresses are loose and funny, trading off big scenes and clearly enjoying themselves throughout.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
July 6, 2010
Whatever the facts of your own family life, you're likely to see some of it reflected in this wonderful movie, which you should see as soon as you can.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
July 6, 2010
No film has left me with a fuller sense of satisfaction this year so far.
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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 5, 2010
The title, like Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, is one that trails you out of the theater and gives you something to brood on.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2010
Guided by an outstanding script, everyone is able to go deep into her or his character. Particular huzzahs are due Bening for the precision she brings to the brusque yet emotionally expressive Nic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 28, 2010
It's so real, so sexy, so sad, so honest and so truly, heartbreakingly funny.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2010
This love letter to gay-marriage supporters is respectably entertaining filmmaking.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 26, 2010
Sparked by wonderfully lived-in performances from Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right" is alright, if not up to the level of writer-director Lisa Cholodenko's earlier pair of new bohemian dramas.