WHAT'S HOT?
Home > Movie > D > The Descendants > Reviews

The Descendants Reviews

The Descendants

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Family, Comedy

Release Date :

November 16, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Alexander Payne

Starring :

George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Mary Birdsong, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Nick Krause, Amara Miller

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

4 of 4

“..you feel like you've come to know the characters' entire lives in the span of two hours..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..very good movie, filled with precious, small, touching moments..”
by Neil Rosen [News 14]
3 of 4

“..there‚Äôs something admirable in the way The Descendants tries to work its way toward a narrative of reconciliation and forgiveness..”
by Josh Larsen [LarsenOnFilm]
4 of 5

“..there's more than comedy here..”
by David Gritten [Daily Telegraph]
“..presenting a Hawaii set tale of another off-kilter character..”
by Ed Whitfield [The Ooh Tray]
4.5 of 5

“..Payne lets the events play out gently, and the humane script beautifully grounds the strong emotions in earthy comedy..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..of particular interest is the way Payne allows class and race to supply an interesting, albeit subtle, subtext..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
4 of 4

“..give Oscar-worthy performances in this hard-knocks film that will have you laughing one moment and sobbing the next..”
by Gayle MacDonald [Globe and Mail]
3.5 of 4

“..delivers what too few recent movies achieve: intellectual stimulation coupled with emotional satisfaction..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..couldn't quite match were the high expectations on which it floated into town..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
2.5 of 4

“..airier piece of prime-time soap opera fluff..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
4 of 4

“..a richly rewarding, originally conceived, at times even oddly humorous and exquisite, sensitively crafted film..”
by Prairie Miller [NewsBlaze]
“..a rambling tale about an inept father wrestling with tragedy and gradually builds toward a satisfying emotional payoff..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]

Reader's Reviews


Screen Name
Rate This Movie
Please Enter   
Comment
 
 
 
RSS
FB
Twitter

LATEST REVIEWS

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED :

“..this film is so stupid it may burst your appendix..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

BEFORE WE GO :

“..Evans and Eve are always charming, but Brooke's real-world problems ring false in a story held together by chintzy fatalism and the logic of a first draft..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]

BREAK POINT :

“..Jay Karas doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel as he puts this odd couple through the paces of getting in shape and reconciling old wounds, but he's helped by some laugh-out-loud quirk in Gene Hong's screenplay, nice comic chemistry between the two leads..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]

STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE :

“..sharp as always from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]

CHLOE AND THEO :

“..borrowing themes from "Candide," it makes us wonder why bad things happen to good people. Including movie audiences..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS :

“..the film takes a long time to get going because of all the prolonged, glib chit-chat that loses whatever satirical edge it might have initially possessed..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [LA Times]

CONTRACTED: PHASE II :

“..has contracted many of the same problems with the first film - it's plagued with pacing and character issues - but still has enough gags for the home video audience..”
by Brad Miska [Bloody Disgusting]

EVEREST :

“..in narrative terms it's messy - as true stories tend to be. The dramatic focus is split between around half a dozen characters based on real people and it's not clear who we should root for..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]

BEASTS OF NO NATION :

“..artful, accomplished but not entirely sustained adaptation..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]

45 YEARS :

“..it is supremely intelligent and moving and Rampling and Courtenay are superb..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]