The Descendants Reviews
November 30, 2020
The subject matter is nothing short of morbidly depressing.
August 21, 2020
Payne has substituted his usual scepticism for a huge quota of sentiment and schmaltz which, though undoubtedly appealing to a mainstream audience, seems a fundamental misstep
June 24, 2020
The Descendants is a fragile, melodramatic story that benefits in large part from a powerful performance by George Clooney. [Full review in Spanish]
February 13, 2020
...a hard film to criticise, as it is largely an enjoyable and pleasant film - but nothing more. In the end, however, compared to Payne's previous work that is perhaps the most damning criticism that could be leveled at it.
December 21, 2018
You never sense the cinema of "The Descendants," which is completely unromantic about its medium and in its story, where divorcing yourself from some legacies of the past is a necessity to move forward.
June 25, 2018
Beyond Clooney, there's not much in The Descendants to warrant the Oscar buzz that is building around it.
August 21, 2017
I watched with total befuddlement George Clooney waffle and whinge his way through The Descendants.
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...
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.
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.
January 28, 2012
Uma narrativa artificial e frgil que soa mais como a viso de um roteirista alienado de Hollywood sobre a vida de uma pessoa comum (multimilionria, claro) do que como algo com o qual indivduos reais poderiam se identificar de alguma maneira.
January 11, 2012
For every moving or darkly comic or genuinely surprising moment, there's a cloying one close behind.
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.
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.
December 12, 2011
Wants to be mature but can't help shortchanging its drama through constant reliance on its protagonist's unimpeachable nobility.
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.