The Kindness of Strangers


The Kindness of Strangers

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HanWay's fourth feature with director Lone Scherfig (An Education, Italian for Beginners, Their Finest) takes us to New York City for a modern day fairytale about hope, forgiveness and love. Young mother Clara (Kazan) heads to the Big Apple with her two sons in order to escape her abusive cop husband. When her car is impounded, Clara and her family must face the harsh realities of life on the street. Elsewhere in the city, lonely ex-con Marc (Rahim) is looking to rehabilitate his life by running a Russian restaurant for eccentric proprietor, Timofey (Nighy). At her lowest ebb, Clara discovers she's not alone: Alice (Riseborough), a kindly ER nurse running a help group at the local church, and Jeff (Landry-Jones), a young man struggling to cope with anger management issues, prove to be her unlikely guardian angels, finding refuge for Clara and the kids at Mark's restaurant. From serendipitous coincidences and the kindness of strangers, the most surprising of outcomes can truly blossom. As Clara and Mark fall for each other, they discover that their liberation and hope lies in each other's hands.


Critic Reviews for The Kindness of Strangers

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

  • The movie, so determined to celebrate small acts of kindness among those who have least, feels a little too calculated and emphatic - a tearjerker that doesn't quite draw tears.

    Feb 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I think they've probably hit bottom with this howler, a criss-crossing ensemble piece set in New York and featuring a rogues' gallery of non-characters slowly learning to appreciate the transformative power of (sick bucket please) "forgiveness".

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Even Home Alone 2 is far more indelible than The Kindness of Strangers.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While the movie works to depict how kindness breeds kindness, even in the cruelest of environments, it spends much of the time watching its motley collection of lost souls chase their own tails.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's what might be heart-sinkingly called a modern-day fairytale - but the kind of modern-day fairytale that gets both halves of the equation wrong, giving you something twee and improbable, weighted down by a dreary yet unconvincing realism.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Even Kazan's stalwart commitment to the material can't resolve the clash of grit and whimsy in Scherfig's schizo moral fable.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic

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