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The Descendants Reviews

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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-
April 6, 2012
overrated, but not a bad movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2012
"The Descendants" goes on too long, but that's its only flaw. And frankly, I can see why Payne and his editor decided to go with this print instead of making some awfully tough decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 10, 2012
George Clooney gives a wonderful lead performance in his new film The Descendants but Clooney has always been more than just a handsome face, he's a proper movie star and in that old Hollywood tradition, he's also an everyman, one of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 23, 2012
Payne manages to give the film a lightness that makes it uplifting or at the least fulfilling, rather than depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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