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The Descendants Reviews

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January 26, 2012
Not as laugh-out-loud funny or as overtly moving as you might expect, but with an underlying honesty and authenticity that make the characters linger long in the memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2012
Moving, thoughtful and frequently hilarious, it's good to have Payne back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2012
The saving notes are the film's minutiae. There are dialogue moments in Payne's drollest, enemies-on-edge style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2012
Worth the wait. Don't stay away for so long next time though, Alex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2012
This sweet, sad new film from Alexander Payne holds a promise of gentleness that is fulfilled, and a promise of complexity that isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2012
Warm, subtle and gentle, The Descendants demonstrates what can happen when indie talent is nurtured to mainstream success.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 25, 2012
Worth seeing for the outstanding performances from George Clooney and Shailene Woodley - and a great advert for Hawaii.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 25, 2012
Moving and blackly funny, The Descendants deals with universal emotions about the nature of family which will strike a chord with everyone
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2012
The last, touching final frame is worth the entrance price alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2012
The perfect combination of dramedy, tragedy and familiar fallouts that simultaneously brings tears of joy and sorrow, with seemingly effortless effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 25, 2012
Clooney takes up the archetypal role of unofficial investigator, with a younger sidekick in tow. Though the film offers a fine portrait of character growth, it's allotted by the crime-themed structure of the avenger film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 24, 2012
Payne is an unobtrusive director, a filmmaker who lets the script do the walking - in this case, perhaps too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2012
Clooney is remarkable in Alexander Payne's film about loss, confusion and getting by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 23, 2012
The Descendants is a heartfelt and tragic piece, but it's also mature and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2012
A marvellous follow-up to 2004's Sideways - well worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2012
Hay un humor asordinado debajo del drama de Matt King (sentida labor de George Clooney), tanto que se trata de la película más seria del director Alexander Payne hasta el momento, lo que no quiere decir la menos optimista.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2012
If The Descendants occasionally slips a notch below Payne's highest standards, it's a wry, intelligent look at the contradictions and complexities of human emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2012
Although it's not quite a black comedy, it's still filled with the patented Payne quirky characters and I love Clooney in roles like this.
January 12, 2012
Heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking story about love, death, duty and responsibility
January 12, 2012
Like the waves on the beautiful Hawaiian beaches, our emotions rise and fall in this splendid, emotionally rich drama in which laughter and tears are balanced on the precarious surfboard of life
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