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We Need to Talk About Kevin

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United Kingdom, United States · 2011
Rated R · 1h 52m
Director Lynne Ramsay
Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell
Genre Drama, Thriller

After her son, Kevin, commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager. Switching between past and present, Eva wonders how large of a role she played in her son's actions as she deals with the judgement from her community.

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Village Voice by

By treating Kevin's evil as a mystery to be solved, Ramsay only succeeds in making what was once allusive banal.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

There are so many great things happening on almost every level of this movie, from Swinton's haunting, magnetic and tremendously vulnerable performance, which is absolutely free of condescension to the suburban American wife-ness of her character, to the many unsettling individual moments.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

The purpose of Lynne Ramsay's hodgepodge approach is to distract us from the flimsiness of a story that suggests a snide art-house take on "The Omen."


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The movie toggles between two periods-before and after a catastrophe-and, were it not for Swinton's magnetism, it would be unbearable. Instead, you'll want to stay for the wallop.


Variety by Leslie Felperin

An exquisitely realized adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel. In a rigorously subtle performance as a woman coping with the horrific damage wrought by her psychopathic son, Tilda Swinton anchors the dialogue-light film with an expressiveness that matches her star turn in "I Am Love."


Observer by Rex Reed

This is the most unwatchable horror movie masquerading as social comment I have seen this year.

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