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We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews

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August 27, 2012
There's an infinitely more impactful movie to be made that deals with the same subject but doesn't take things to an unrealistic extreme. A son that's not the very spawn of the devil is a solid place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
December 10, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
April 29, 2012
Whatever you think of the philosophical weight of Ramsay's film - I find it ... less nuanced than David Foster Wallace's one liner that Hobbes was simply "Rousseau in a dark mirror" - there's a fierce integrity in Swinton's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
December 13, 2011
When Ramsay bombards us with editing tricks and an excess of visual style, it feels like dazzle camouflage designed to cover up the fact that she ultimately doesn't seem to have much to say on the subject.
October 19, 2011
Atmospheric and beautifully shot but ultimately empty and meaningless...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2011
By treating Kevin's evil as a mystery to be solved, Ramsay only succeeds in making what was once allusive banal.
November 12, 2011
The result ... is a missed opportunity to explore the darkest corners of the human condition: the mother of evil
March 3, 2012
[F]eels like sleeptime indigestion finally cooling off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 30, 2011
Elements of threat are established, yet everything in the picture is frustratingly ephemeral, unwilling to foster menace in a manner that reflects Kevin's own growing evil.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 5, 2011
The actors are uniformly skillful (and Reilly's voice is one of the current cinema's charms), but Ramsay gives them little but prefabricated attitudes to work with.
November 27, 2011
[VIDEO] Forced, stultifying, and artificial, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is director Lynne Ramsay's off-key treatment of Lionel Shriver's novel...
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 9, 2011
As a horror film, it's cheap and obvious. As a message movie it's heavy-handed. And as both combined, it's appalling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2011
What I saw was two hours of posturing brutalism, naff expressionism and the destruction of credibility by grand guignol.
December 4, 2011
An irritating, morbid, and unfocused picture...
January 26, 2012
You will emerge from the theater with a need for a drink and a shower, a possible recalibration on your views regarding birth control and a burning desire to never see it again for as long as you live
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2012
How was that not obvious a long time ago?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2012
Ponderously sinister and savage, it's difficult to endure and primarily notable for Tilda Swinton's agonized performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 31, 2012
The best horror penetrates beyond external vibe to internal thought-process and the film never truly takes us within the mother's head.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
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