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We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews

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April 15, 2012
A powerful look inside a mother's torment
April 10, 2012
A pretentious, unpleasant, woolly headed movie that's nothing more than a cheesy horror picture for people who wouldn't be caught dead going to a cheesy horror picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2012
Smug but fascinating: The movie is a woman's cry of anguish for an unjust world that enables men at all levels of age and power to get away with cruelty, brutality, murder and even war because, well, 'that's what boys DO.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2012
Swinton doesn't say much; she doesn't have to. Her tear-stained eyes and anguished face carry all her emotions. In a career filled with so many terrific, subtle performances, this is clearly one of her best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2012
Rock Duer's a shoo-in if they ever make Satan: The Toddler Years and Jasper Newell manages to project an aura of pure evil even in pull-ups, but it's Ezra Miller as the adolescent Kevin who makes you believe you're in the presence of an American monster.
March 23, 2012
Of all the nomination flubs made this past January by the Academy of Harvey Weinstein Arts and Sciences, the most egregious mistake was arguably the lack of a Best Actress nod for Tilda Swinton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2012
Watching it isn't easy, but it is definitely worth having waited for.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2012
A meaty, full-fat, marrow-rich, extra-pulp vision of the nightmare side of motherhood, given realism by a pair of all-too believable performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2012
Stylized to the point of absurdity, We Need to Talk About Kevin is little more than a blank, tarted-up cartoon, where Ramsey's hyperbolic efforts seem orchestrated to camouflage the fact that she has nothing to say.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 16, 2012
An unconventionally structured but thoroughly riveting indie drama, propelled by a searing performance from Tilda Swinton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2012
Swinton fans will take poor Eva to their bosoms without a second thought. Everyone else: Medicate before use.
March 9, 2012
We Need to Talk About Kevin is basically emotional torture porn as the camera lingers on Eva as she repeatedly suffers inhuman amounts of psychological distress while the audience wonders how much more she, and we, can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2012
...this is not an easy story to tell and the filmmakers do it well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2012
Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2012
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is confrontational cinema that will leave you speechless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 9, 2012
Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 8, 2012
Brilliant and unrelentingly bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
It's a hallmark of "Kevin's" emotional bravery and intellectual honesty that the questions haunt us long after the end credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2012
You understand the symbolism implied in Kevin's choice of weapon, but I didn't really believe it could work as a WMD.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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