The Kindness of Strangers Reviews

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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.
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 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.
February 7, 2019
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.
February 7, 2019
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.
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
Even Kazan's stalwart commitment to the material can't resolve the clash of grit and whimsy in Scherfig's schizo moral fable.
February 7, 2019
The capable actors do what they can, but audiences are more likely to glaze over than share the qualities of mercy and compassion so dutifully stitched into this diagrammatic patchwork.
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