The Kids Are All Right


The Kids Are All Right

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Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.



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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined.

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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

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  • Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • This is a much better made, more persuasive film than The Switch or The Back-Up Plan but just as much about wish fulfilment, and no more honest about conflicts that can leave the kids far from all right.

    Oct 29, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Family-centric comedy has never felt so fresh.

    Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • A witty portrait of postmodern family life in which script, casting, direction and location all just float together without any apparent effort at all.

    Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Common to all Cholodenko's films is a fascination with the mayhem that can result when the chronically stitched-up come up against the amoral and fancy-free.

    Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 29, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

A pretty forgettable movie.

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I don't know why this film is labeled a comedy since it has nothing to laugh about. In fact, it is a pathetic little drama that wants to make you feel liberal accepting a family of lesbians, but the characters are poorly developed, the conflicts are artificial and clichéd, and the story lacks dramatic drive.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Annette Bening gives a stunning performance, but it's also a mix of situations and a high level of authenticity and tension that allow for The Kids Are All Right to shine. It is an enjoyable, and ultimately, heartwarming watch.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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TKAAR is sort of the most perfect dramedy I've seen on the subject of marriage and family values. The cast of "modern characters" are all incredibly colorful in their own right but through their interactions with each other become truly authentic. Their rounded/layered characterizations is what really makes the film shine, transcending the politically provoking/gimmicky premise. It's a great story, that manages to map the sophisticated issues and struggles of each character gracefully without feeling staged whilst delivering a satisfying ending that isn't obnoxiously hollywood. Also I'd like to add, the film is outright hilarious! Which balances very well with the heavy drama explored through and through.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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