The Kindness of Strangers Reviews

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February 21, 2020
The best thing about The Kindness of Strangers is that it is very much a product of our current situation when it comes to the chaotic state of the world we live in. Sometimes we get the downer movies we deserve.
February 20, 2020
Lives interconnect in slow-paced drama with brief violence.
February 14, 2020
A syrupy brew thick with twee and an abundance of cringe-inducing moments pulling at heartstrings.
February 14, 2020
The movie functions like one of those star-studded Garry Marshall ensemble movies but made terribly sad until the last few minutes, when a tacked-on happy ending arrives in time for the credits.
February 13, 2020
"The Kindness of Strangers" is a mixed bag, though it's led by a wonderful performance by Zoe Kazan. In the end, she does manage to drag this film across the finish line.
February 10, 2020
This isn't on a par with Scherfig's best films, but the milieu and situations are immersive and the characters just colorful enough to hold our interest.
December 12, 2019
The cast is stellar-Stella!-but everyone checks out long before it's all over.
December 10, 2019
The inevitable indifference with which this Christmas turkey will be received should be a blessing to everyone involved.
December 9, 2019
Lone Scherfig's everything-is-connected ensemble film never comes together.
December 3, 2019
[D]ear lord, I've been searching high and low for something nice to say about this mess, and I have come up nearly empty.
September 1, 2019
The Kindness of Strangers has a rather weightless feel, often at odds with its heavy subject matter. Warmheartedness can only get you so far.
February 19, 2019
The themes in Strangers are writ-large across the screen - be kinder to one another. And that's it really.
February 13, 2019
As befitting its title, the characters with which Lone Scherfig populates The Kindness of Strangers prove the shining emotional heart of the drama.
February 10, 2019
Every new idea shouts loud, in absurd and unnatural dialogue, leaving nothing more than a sense of confusion and flat-out deflation.
February 10, 2019
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.
February 8, 2019
A problem here is that almost all the characters are victims.
February 8, 2019
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".
February 8, 2019
Scherfig's latest fails on every conceivable level, with a talented cast floundering haplessly like fish floating closer to their deaths as they rise to the top of the fishbowl.
February 8, 2019
These improbable characters weave through one another's lives in maddeningly coincidental, sometimes unintentionally amusing ways which are neither magical nor realistic enough to earn the term 'magical realism'.
February 8, 2019
Even Home Alone 2 is far more indelible than The Kindness of Strangers.
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