The Descendants Reviews

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November 30, 2020
The subject matter is nothing short of morbidly depressing.
September 25, 2020
George Clooney at his best
September 6, 2020
it's newcomer Amara Miller who practically steals the show.
August 21, 2020
Payne has substituted his usual scepticism for a huge quota of sentiment and schmaltz which, though undoubtedly appealing to a mainstream audience, seems a fundamental misstep
June 24, 2020
The Descendants is a fragile, melodramatic story that benefits in large part from a powerful performance by George Clooney. [Full review in Spanish]
May 6, 2020
George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants.
February 13, 2020
...a hard film to criticise, as it is largely an enjoyable and pleasant film - but nothing more. In the end, however, compared to Payne's previous work that is perhaps the most damning criticism that could be leveled at it.
February 9, 2020
In line with his wryly humored filmography, the picture carefully balances mainstream appeal with serious subject matter, all while presenting it through an over privileged family that audiences should naturally feel disconnected to.
January 22, 2020
Plenty to like in this tour-de-force comedy. Seeing it on the big screen is a plus as the cinematography is gorgeous.
December 10, 2019
Overall, The Descendants is a lovely film with great performances from [George] Clooney and [Shailene] Woodley.
June 8, 2019
A veritable showcase for Clooney, who has honestly never been better than he is here.
May 7, 2019
This film feels very authentic, like the viewer is peeking in on a real family trying to cope with a difficult situation. Part of that credit belongs to Payne's magnificent screenplay, but the cast is pretty special, too.
January 28, 2019
This is not a story with monumental events or milestones. But it's genuinely absorbing.
January 4, 2019
As an unsure father, [George Clooney's] more down to earth than he's been allowed to be in years.
December 31, 2018
Much more dramatic than his previous films, writer/director Alexander Payne still finds a way to fuse the dark comedic moments of his script with the tragic ones and make it flourish.
December 21, 2018
You never sense the cinema of "The Descendants," which is completely unromantic about its medium and in its story, where divorcing yourself from some legacies of the past is a necessity to move forward.
August 31, 2018
I liked it. I enjoyed it. I did not resent the time I'd spent watching it, although that may just be because I seriously have nothing better to do.
August 24, 2018
Payne has created an incredibly moving, intimate, and comical film that still manages - in a humble sort of manner - to speak softly.
June 25, 2018
Beyond Clooney, there's not much in The Descendants to warrant the Oscar buzz that is building around it.
April 11, 2018
For all of Clooney's coasting modes---arrogant, smug, debonair---it appears he's at his best when hapless and floundering. It looks good on him.
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