The Descendants Reviews

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September 25, 2020
George Clooney at his best
September 6, 2020
it's newcomer Amara Miller who practically steals the show.
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 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.
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.
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.'
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.
October 7, 2015
Mr. Payne's undeniable knack for naturalism makes "The Descendants" a wholly persuasive and heartfelt experience.
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