“No Chemistry And Forced Story”
“The Indie Movie Of The Year? I Dont Think So.”
“The Kids Are All Right.”
“The Kids Are More Than All Right, They're One Of The Best Films Of 2010!”
“Cheers To An Unconditional Family...”
“A Fun Picture About Two Lesbian Mothers, One Of Whom May Be Turning Straight”
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
A witty portrait of postmodern family life in which script, casting, direction and location all just float together without any apparent effort at all.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
The title, like Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, is one that trails you out of the theater and gives you something to brood on.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
The Kids Are All Right might not be as edgy as Cholodenko's past work, but this more mainstream effort has lots of smarts, lots of heart and an open mind.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The best thing about the film is its bigheartedness. It's not out to mock these people, but rather to show how any person of any orientation can become unraveled when high-minded principles meet with base human instincts.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Sophisticated and funny, but once you get past the unusual premise and the fact that the main couple is realistically portrayed, there's nothing surprising about it.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
'The Kids Are All Right': Alt Sitcom Remains Smart Despite Conventional turn
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Somewhere around the halfway mark, the realization arrives with a dull thud: Turns out that unconventional families can be just as tedious in their melodramatic dysfunctions as any traditional clan.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It's so real, so sexy, so sad, so honest and so truly, heartbreakingly funny.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The Kids Are All Right is the movie we've been waiting for all year: a comedy that doesn't take cheap shots, a drama that doesn't manipulate, a movie of ideas that doesn't preach.
Dana Stevens - Slate
This love letter to gay-marriage supporters is respectably entertaining filmmaking.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
Cholodenko and her cast turn what could have been an utterly artificial story into a warm, funny, sharp-tongued and broiling examination of the volatility underlying even the happiest of families.
David Germain - Associated Press
Kids makes its own special magic. It's irresistible.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
A twist on the traditional family drama, where every character has depth and deserves redemption.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
- Dark Horizons
The dialog seems like it was pulled from a magazine full of bad liberal cliches. It feels as if people who used to be progressives, but want people to think they still are wrote this movie.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This is very tricky material to parse, mainly because the movie is telling us one thing in dialogue and showing us quite another visually.
Dan Callahan - House Next Door
What it lacks in grandstanding and pandering to the 'issues', this film more than makes up for with its great story, rounded characters and genuine sense of fun.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
The Kids Are All Right is witty, touching and humane - and decidedly up to the minute.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
More of a breezy drama, as opposed to a weighty comedy... the ace up its sleeve, aside from its "modern family" plot device, is its characters, brought to life with welcome layers and depth by the cast.
Matt Neal - The Standard
How, despite such a talented, femme-centric cast, does Ruffalo's loveable idiot manage to walk off with the film?
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
Regardless of the orientations, 'The Kids Are All Right' is an all-American film.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The Kids Are All Right would have been a highly regarded, stinging family drama in the tradition of American Beauty and Ordinary People even if the subject family was not so proudly unorthodox.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
A bittersweet family dramedy that challenges the perceptions of the perfect family...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The combined troupe do a good enough job to make the movie get by, but not enough to mask the huge gears running the story, nor the accidental and ironic anti-progressiveness the movie has the potential to convey.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A long-form sitcom overly pleased with its own progressiveness.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Without any humor in the story, this would be a very sad story about a destructive mix of personalities causing havoc in a family. But the film does have a lot of humor in it.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope