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.
August 21, 2017
I watched with total befuddlement George Clooney waffle and whinge his way through The Descendants.
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.
May 3, 2015
I enjoyed Clooney's performance enormously without ever buying it for a second.
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...
June 22, 2013
A truthful, warm-hearted, deeply moving film about loss, about death, about legacies and, yeah, family.
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.
March 4, 2013
A beautifully touching, tragic and amusing follow-up film from the director of Sideways.
February 11, 2013
The Descendants manages to even surpass those stratospheric expectations most fans will have walking into the theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 8, 2012
The Descendants is a devastating and rewarding emotional journey.
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