The Kindness of Strangers Reviews

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 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.
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
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
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.