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The Descendants Reviews

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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.
October 23, 2017
... it's easily one of the best movies I've seen all year.
September 18, 2017
[Alexander] Payne is aided greatly by [George] Clooney, whose befuddled expressions should be engraved in the cement at Grauman's Chinese.
August 30, 2017
A whole who, as we watch, find a kind of healing. And even grace.
July 3, 2016
Director Alexander Payne is a master storyteller of the huge life transition. 'Sideways' is one stellar example, 'About Schmidt', another. 'Descendants' easily rivals 'Sideways.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2016
Clooney and Payne share an uncanny knack for that wistful smile in the face of havoc; for conveying the peace that comes from having lived a life, from having seen disasters come and go, and from knowing that, one way or another, this too shall pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 5 of 5
October 7, 2015
Mr. Payne's undeniable knack for naturalism makes "The Descendants" a wholly persuasive and heartfelt experience.
May 3, 2015
I enjoyed Clooney's performance enormously without ever buying it for a second.
June 22, 2013
A truthful, warm-hearted, deeply moving film about loss, about death, about legacies and, yeah, family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 20, 2013
The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality.
May 25, 2013
People looking for a good lei would be wise to say aloha to 'The Descendants,' Alexander Payne's Hawaiian-set luau in which laughter and tears combine for a cinematic feast.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 4, 2013
A beautifully touching, tragic and amusing follow-up film from the director of Sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2013
The Descendants manages to even surpass those stratospheric expectations most fans will have walking into the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 28, 2012
Like "Sideways" and "About Schmidt," "The Descendants" lets Alexander Payne show us the Other America and the Other Americans - little lives caught up in small but epic problems far away from the La La Land of Hollywood hype, sex and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
Understandable when dealing with Payne's typically directionless protagonists, The Descendants occasionally feels like it is unsure of where it's going, yet it still always ambles along at a pleasant pace regardless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2012
A thoroughly rewarding assembled-for-adults dramedy that benefits immensely from both its island locale and one of George Clooney's finest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 8, 2012
The Descendants is a devastating and rewarding emotional journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 3, 2012
Will keep you soaked in its melancholy until the very end...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 30, 2012
Sort of like a shotgun marriage between Jimmy Buffett and Harry Chapin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 16, 2012
There's some pretty tricky material for Payne and crew to navigate, but anchored by a terrific cast it's a journey of hurt and healing that lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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