We Need to Talk About Kevin 2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).

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Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly). Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what's worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin, she can't seem to bond with him. When Kevin grows from a fussy, demanding toddler (Rocky Duer) into a sociopathic teen (Ezra Miller), Eva is forced to deal with the aftermath of her son's horrific act.

Cast & Crew

Ezra Miller
Kevin (Teenager)
Jasper Newell
Kevin (6-8 Years)
Rocky Duer
Kevin (Toddler)
Lynne Ramsay
Screenwriter
Rory Stewart Kinnear
Screenwriter
Luc Roeg
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Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Paula Jalfon
Executive Producer
Christopher Figg
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Critic Reviews for We Need to Talk About Kevin

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (52)

  • It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton.

    June 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.

    March 9, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is confrontational cinema that will leave you speechless.

    March 9, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles.

    March 9, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Some movies punish you, but you take it because you're getting something out of the bargain: an insight, a performance, art, adrenaline. Then there are the movies that punish you for the heck of it.

    March 8, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Ramsay may be aiming for a character study of Kevin, but she ends up merely listing the ingredients needed to make a murderer.

    March 2, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • Jun 07, 2020
    This film has escaped me since its release. I managed to find the time over the weekend to capture both Lynne Ramsay's latest films. We Need to Talk About Kevin is not an easy film to sit through. It's emotionally battering and hard to watch. The average film audience will not enjoy this film sadly. This is what the age of cinema should be and Ramsay has an artistic style and eye unlike many modern filmmakers. The tone and the way the story is structured is more in line with a horror film. I was shocked to discover the lack of Oscar nomination for Swinton for this role. She is immersed in the role and the confliction she feels towards Kevin is understandable. This is one depressing film to watch, but its rewarding for the courage and style it is filmed. A must-see. 07/06/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2016
    Deeply disturbing and utterly engaging. Not one I can really see myself watching again. But I'm very glad to have watched it the once. Superbly cast and acted. Brilliant photographed and amazing direction. Not to be missed for those who can handle the subject matter.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2015
    A mother whose life is ruined by her son's violent act struggles to make sense of his actions and move on. A slow and meandering film, Lynne Ramsay's contemplative drama asks many questions about parenthood, violence, and sociopathy but offers very few answers; for such high topics, one can't blame it for that. For example, we don't get easy answers like gratuitous child abuse or violent video games to saddle Kevin's behavior on. The flashback moments of Kevin's early childhood are all unsettling, and while the multiple storylines don't always mesh to a consistent narrative, Ramsay succeeds in creating an oppressive and tense mood. Overall, if you're tied to the traditional three-act narrative, this film isn't for you, but it is a strong character-based mediation.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2014
    This film really got to me. Although based on a novel you can't help but be reminded of the atrocities that have occurred in America over the last 10 years. The editing of the film can make the whole thing hard to follow to begin with but it's never boring. My hands were clenched throughout most of the film, especially during the scenes between the mother and son and the tension's built up to the chilling climax. Swinton is very impressive in the role and you never know whether to sympathise with her or blame her. I don't think I'd ever want to sit through this film again but that's simply because I found the whole thing so disturbing.
    David S Super Reviewer

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