The Kids Are All Right Reviews

  • Guided by an outstanding script, everyone is able to go deep into her or his character. Particular huzzahs are due Bening for the precision she brings to the brusque yet emotionally expressive Nic.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The performances are all close to perfect, which is to say that the imperfections of each character are precisely measured and honestly presented.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This gem features five topnotch, multidimensional performances in one of this summer's most engaging films.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Just about everyone who has been a parent, child or partner will find resonance in its bittersweet depiction of the joys and trials of lifelong intimacy.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Movies like The Kids Are All Right -- beautifully written, impeccably played, funny and randy and true -- don't come along very often.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The actresses are loose and funny, trading off big scenes and clearly enjoying themselves throughout.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Kids may sound like typically quirky arthouse fare. But this is a movie for everyone -- and, in one way or another, about everyone, too.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The basic joke here, and it's a rich one, is that the dynamics of gay marriages differ little from those of straight marriages. But that joke also serves as a catalyst for some startlingly beautiful considerations...

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A comedy of modern manners with the texture of a great short story.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Cholodenko and cowriter Stuart Blumberg have crafted a loving work about family that will resonate as true for those who find their experience reflected on the big screen and will be revelatory to others.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Cholodenko's film stands as one of the best American films of the year precisely because it's willing to look at what love truly gives, and what it truly takes.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • There are not only glancing moments but whole sequences in this movie when the agony of social embarrassment makes you want to haul the characters to their feet and slap them in the chops.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • It's a film about marriage itself, an institution with challenges that are universal.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "All right" doesn't begin to describe it ... the easiest movie to love I've seen all year.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Plenty of movies strive for topicality, but occasionally something like The Kids Are All Right slaps you in the face with the world you're actually living in.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Here are five gifted actors at the top of their games as five characters in search of what makes a family.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The Kids Are All Right is a smart, cheerful, character-driven relationship comedy. In other words, it's a miracle.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Definitions of family, love and friendship all get put to the test with wit and warmth in The Kids Are All Right, one of the year's most honest and endearing films.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Touching and funny in their upheaval, the people in The Kids Are All Right open the door to a brand new examination of family values that leaves you charged and cheering.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Sparked by wonderfully lived-in performances from Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right" is alright, if not up to the level of writer-director Lisa Cholodenko's earlier pair of new bohemian dramas.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

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