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The Vicious Kind Reviews

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Nick Schager
Time Out
February 10, 2010
It's the sort of Sundance-approved movie that takes place in a stereotypically bleak rural locale, while an acoustic guitar twangs mournfully over the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
December 18, 2009
What lifts this trenchant dramedy out of the ordinary are Krieger's ear for dialogue and Adam Scott's breakthrough performance as a family's black sheep seemingly intent on earning that bad rap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2009
Indie drama reveals talent in front of and behind the camera.
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
December 14, 2009
Inevitably, the film devolves into weepy catharsis, but with slick cinematography and colorfully cruel dialogue for Scott to chew up and spit at every member of this fine ensemble.
Simon Weaving
December 11, 2009
In a sharply scripted comic drama, Brittany Snow stars as the pensive Emma, a girl caught between two quite different brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2009
The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
December 10, 2009
What initially seems like a [Neil] LaBute knockoff develops into its own rather interesting examination of men who mask pain with maliciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
March 1, 2010
Vicious Kind doesn't have much in the way of new corners to offer the domestic disturbance genre, resulting in a film greatly dedicated to misery, but offers no tangible reason why anyone outside of the filmmaker should care.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 11, 2010
The characters spend far too much time working through their problems with drama-deadening directness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 11, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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