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The Descendants Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
Each year there are usually one or two films that don't deserve all of the insane praise they get (last year's The Fighter is a prime example) and it looks like "The Descendants" is one for this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
No doubt the awards hype around the film will get people into cinemas but it doesn't warrant the attention considering Payne's previous work and Clooney has put in much better performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
January 11, 2012
For every moving or darkly comic or genuinely surprising moment, there's a cloying one close behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
The Descendants is an exercise in why women are such horrible, despicable shrews. When this film isn't demonising its female characters for daring to be unhappy in their marriage, it's condescending them for showing too much emotion...
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
November 21, 2011
I kept expecting it to get better, but it just sort of did its thing and called it a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
November 27, 2011
Callng Chevy Chase. George Clooney has taken your role. The Descendants calls out for Clark Griswold and his brood -- The Griswolds in Hawaii. This time around George Clooney plays the clueless dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 17, 2011
From beginning to end, everything that happens in "The Descendants" feels false.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 12, 2011
Wants to be mature but can't help shortchanging its drama through constant reliance on its protagonist's unimpeachable nobility.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 1, 2011
Telegraphs every emotional beat and holds the viewer's hand every step of the way, giving us the most sanitised and programmatic version of catharsis imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
October 11, 2011
[VIDEO] Perhaps the best thing "The Descendants" has to offer is its depiction of Hawaii as a place like any other that only appears as a tropical paradise on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 18, 2011
Payne has the ability to make something as rich and as joyous as Sideways, and The Descendants is not it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 28, 2012
Uma narrativa artificial e frágil que soa mais como a visão de um roteirista alienado de Hollywood sobre a vida de uma pessoa comum (multimilionária, claro) do que como algo com o qual indivíduos reais poderiam se identificar de alguma maneira.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 14, 2011
I'm a notorious softie, and I found things to like about the film, most particularly Clooney's performance; but I remained untouched.
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
It left me cold. The pathos is as unearned as the protagonist's privilege.
December 23, 2011
What a pity the artistic trust (director/co-writer Alexander Payne along with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash whose screenplay was based on Kaui Hart Hemming's novel) couldn't find a way of making the protagonist's character more sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 4, 2011
A dismal cacophony of turgid emotion and lame comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
November 17, 2011
It's a picture that once again prompts the self-answering question, "Is George Clooney great, or what?"
Jordan Hiller
January 4, 2012
Hawaii's lush and luminous landscape is well appreciated, but it does nothing to mask the maddeningly irrational plot-points Payne expects us to swallow in the name of an alleged skewering social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jackie K. Cooper
December 7, 2011
Another over praised George Clooney film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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