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
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
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
I want to high five the person who cast Benning and Moore as a couple. They're scenes are the most delicious parts of the film.
We're shown real life problems in a fictional story that gives us real life solutions. Bravo Lisa, your film is more than all right.
Chase Whale - Gordon and the Whale
Bening hoists this heavy-handed dramedy high with a burst of superhuman strength. And all you can do is sit in awe.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
- Sight and Sound
A twist on the traditional family drama, where every character has depth and deserves redemption.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
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 - 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
...All the pieces are in place--I just wish Cholodenko had been a little more precious about the execution.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
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
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Una sensible comedia dramatica sobre la falta de certezas (o la eterna busqueda de ellas) que implica formar una familia, mas alla de definiciones y preferencias sexuales. Excelente elenco en el que brilla especialmente Annette Bening.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
if it wasn't for the distractingly wall-to-wall indie soundtrack... and mildly cop-out ending, I'd be pushing this straight to the top end of our Best of 2010 list.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
The Kids Are All Right is warmly recommended to anyone in search of smart, grown-up entertainment.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A sleek, smart, enormously entertaining film, (....) it has the feel of a classic Hollywood comedy at its snappiest.
Jon Frosch - France24
A light, lovingly handled tale about the difficulties of staying in love.
Catherine Bray - Film4
The film joyfully allows us to embrace, rather than escape, the wonderful, awkward embarrassment of familial love.
Sophie Mayer - Sight and Sound
The film taps into the neuroses of middle-class America without exploiting its premise for egregious quirk value or for dry, tub-thumping agenda-setting.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Only those without a funnybone will fail to be seduced by its sheer verve, wit and charm.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
This is a much better made, more persuasive film than The Switch or The Back-Up Plan but just as much about wish fulfilment, and no more honest about conflicts that can leave the kids far from all right.
David Sexton - This is London
Piercingly funny, subtle and moving.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Funny, aching, rueful -- often at the same time -- The Kids Are All Right makes most mainstream releases this year seem decadent by comparison.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
An intelligent, well observed movie about adult relationships. The kids are alright but this is a film for grown ups.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Films about the stresses and strains of marriage don't come any better -- or more entertaining -- than this.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The film gets better and better, powered by a sharp, wise script and superlative acting.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Family-centric comedy has never felt so fresh.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
A witty portrait of postmodern family life in which script, casting, direction and location all just float together without any apparent effort at all.
Best of all is Bening, capping even her performance in American Beauty, as a woman forced to face her partner's betrayal.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
Smart, funny, slyly satirical and wonderfully warm, this deft 'dramedy' is bitter-sweet film-making at its best.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
A witty, warm exploration of family life that's conventional and unconventional in equal measure.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
There are good performances and a smart and occasionally funny script, plus some good observations about relationships, but you do wonder what the point is to it all.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
So much tension doesn't quite translate into a gutsy finale, still, this film is never less than heartfelt.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
it is a miracle of mainstreaming - but in making her film just like any other family drama, Cholodenko also risks bringing a certain generic blandness to her 'unconventional family'. Perhaps that is the acceptable price of equality...
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Hugely entertaining, frequently funny and genuinely moving, this is a sharply written comedy-drama with refreshingly original characters and terrific performances from all five leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The Critics Are All Wrong.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Five of this year's best screen characters appear in this comedy-drama about a relatively ordinary family facing some unusual challenges. And while the premise seems extremely offbeat, it's actually beside the point.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There are few films as soulful and human as Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. That a film can set itself apart from the pack by merely being human is somewhat depressing, but there you have it.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A smart, funny, insightful take on the dynamics of Modern Families. It taps into both the universal and specific dynamics of the family unit. Bening gives a career best performance.
Marc Fennell - Channel 10 Australia
The Kids are All Right is funny, touching and honest, all the elements that make independent cinema so much more rewarding, most of the time, than the mainstream.
David Stratton - The Australian
The Kids Are All Right is a film about marriage, family and parenthood and it explores these themes with far more integrity, insight and humour than many other films.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
This is a witty and insightful film. Lisa Cholodenko has a talent for observational comedy; comedies which capture the zeitgeist, usually achieved by throwing together people with two different sets of expectations.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Common to all Cholodenko's films is a fascination with the mayhem that can result when the chronically stitched-up come up against the amoral and fancy-free.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The Kids Are All Right gets at basic, underlying truths, and opens them up with both sly humour and brittle neediness. Lisa Cholodenko has found her home.
Craig Mathieson - sbs.com.au
A shrewd, well-observed modern comedy about achieving acceptance with no exceptions, The Kids Are All Right is the freshest feelgood film to drop in quite some time.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Excellent performances, notably Ruffalo, fuel a fine family affair.
Jude Allder - Empire Magazine Australasia
What makes this film, by Lisa Cholodenko, who co-wrote it with Stuart Blumberg, work, are the performances. Annette Bening is sublime.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
I didn't take a lot away from the film but there are some wonderfully uncomfortable scenes that make it worth seeing.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
A near masterpiece; part sex-comedy, part radiant and wry portrait of contemporary relationships.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
This intelligent, non-confronting film doesn't set out to change the world. Rather, it presents a compassionate view of family life today, without judgement or undue comment.
Belinda Hazleton - FILMINK (Australia)
One of the most compelling cinematic depictions of family life to come along for some time.
Sean Rom - Trespass
Sure, the kids are all right, but poor dad has been beaten to a pulp!
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The screenplay is beautifully honest and well observed; not only is it truthful about human nature, it finds the humanity as well as the flaws in all the characters
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Outrageously funny situations and two sterling performances make this smartly written film about an unconventional family a sure-fire winner.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Rich and funny, a film that doesn't condescend or strike a single false note, and one whose structure and detail work together in lockstep.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Doesn't offer much beyond the rather depressing realization that, in today's screens, progressive sexual politics boil down to making a gay family's dysfunction as hackneyed as a straight family's
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The leads in this beautifully told drama are more than just all right - they're Oscar worthy.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
In a world where pop culture shields us from the truth, this movie is something of a novelty. It isn't afraid to tell it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Cholodenko... nicely grounds herself here in the mechanics of day-to-day relationship maintenance.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Kids more than just all right.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
An ultra-contemporary, intelligent drama sprinkled with humor.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's no less than a classic portrait of an American family.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Some of the year's best performances.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
While Certainly Not its Intent, this Film is So Vapid in its Plot and Empty in Character It Ends Up Being Anti-Gay in Message.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Cholodenko has not delivered a pro-gay marriage treatise, but a funny, touching and relatable story about the colossal effort and love it takes to create and maintain a family.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's a happy, horny movie that loves its characters and their messy human imperfections. You will, too.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
...a wonderful thing, intelligent in the ways of human foible, and generous with sinners.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Leaves a lot on the table for those to ponder who might still be unsure if same sex marriages can work.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
never preachy, but instead relies on the characters to ground the issues and make them feel real, rather than manufactured
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I really enjoyed being dropped into this family's world for two hours. The Kids Are All Right is one of my favorite movies so far in 2010.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The drama and comedy, conflict and reconciliation are fairly conventional, despite the unconventional context; what elevates the material are the marvelous performances and the agreeably loose vibe established by Cholodenko.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
What starts as a comedy about unconventional family relationships turns into a drama with ironically more conventional relationships.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Problems like betrayal, disappointment, anger, regret and reconciliation are universal themes that ring true no matter what sexual orientation is featured.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A warm, funny, entertaining, slyly subversive little movie built around five very solid performances.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Could easily have been of a straight, infertile marriage thrown off balance by their biological donor, but then we would have been deprived of the singular pleasure of getting to watch Bening and Moore play such a wonderful married couple.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...is at its best in its early scenes...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
During the Summer of 3D glasses, "The Kids are All Right" proves that what you really need to create an immersive, real-life film experience is a sharp pencil and some interesting friends.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Armed with a handful of deftly drawn characters and an occasionally wicked sense of humor, Cholodenko has created a thoroughly and unmistakably modern film.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
'The Kids Are All Right' is a warm film about flawed people.
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
Buoyant and engaging.
Donald Munro - Eye for Film
Heartfelt and funny, The Kids Are All Right is like a cool shower on an oppressively hot day-refreshing and invigorating, the sort of unexpected surprise that catches you off guard and sticks with you for days.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
A comedy that perfectly balances natural hilarity with genuine drama while exploring a whole slew of issues.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A slight but bittersweet tale about a neurotic lesbian couple whose formerly anonymous sperm donor becomes their potential home wrecker.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
"A great drama that is sure to be remembered at Oscar time (note to the Academy the last name is spelled B-E-N-I-N-G)..."
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
No matter what its plot particulars, The Kids Are All Right ultimately takes place within the human heart.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The Kids Are All Right is written with such perception, directed with such sensitivity and acted with such brio that the result is not only a path paved with good intentions but also one lined with loving detail.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's a terrific film.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A solid family drama filled with authentic characters and some great performances from its amazing ensemble cast.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Cholodenko gets moods right, and her five leading actors have been either perfectly cast or well-handled.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's about the slow, inevitable grind of marriage. It's about the eternally unknowable curveballs life throws at you and how you either step up to the plate toward triumph or turn away in tears or terror or both. It's about love.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Operates within a calculated, hipster environment ... (though) we eventually stop noticing because Cholodenko's ensemble is so powerful.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
If you give the film a chance, it might just entertain and/or enlighten to one degree or another thanks to the solid performances, writing and the filmmaker deftly balancing all of that. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The characters in the film feel real, even a bit lived-in, and it's because of the efforts of the cast; particularly those veteran actors who play the adults.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Funny and warm, The Kids Are All Right feels lived in and acutely observed, and is as steeped in joy as in regret.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's [Ruffalo's] best work since You Can Count On Me, and he's at his most likable here...
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Few long-term relationships have been portrayed with such a palpable feeling of shared history.
Sam Adams - Philadelphia City Paper
Moore and Bening have showcase scenes that will make fine awards show clips, and Ruffalo's scruffy sexiness makes Jules' infidelity somewhat understandable. The affair also risks giving opponents of same-sex marriage a chance to crow, "See, I told you so.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The family dynamic feasibly develops and deteriorates as it might when someone who's both a critical component, and yet a complete stranger, is introduced.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
A nontraditional couple lives the hurts, regrets and joys of any loving family
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
I love that this is a film about a family where being gay isn't the controversy.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
[It] embraces its formulaic premise, but then resists developing in formulaic directions, resulting in one of the most refreshing and honest screen comedies of recent memory.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
The Kids Are All Right is a sudsy soap opera. It's a concoction of lilac water and spermatozoa -- with lots of wine and whine.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Inoffensively amusing, and occasionally touching, but also a little bland.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Cholodenko understands that the family, any family, remains a primal source for drama that is both mirthful and maddening.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
While firmly set in a privileged, locavorian California milieu, "The Kids Are All Right" is downright Chaucerian in its warts-and-all, roll-in-the-hay view of human behavior.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The subtle intelligence of this film is reflective in the title itself. By employing the words 'all right,' we are alerted to the fact that this film, however unique, addresses a sense of normalcy.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
A perfect combination of fantastic writing, strong storytelling and an All-Star acting ensemble.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
You can tell Cholodenko loves people, and that's why, in The Kids Are All Right, she wanted to show how funny and weird and foolish we often are.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Generous and warm-hearted to a fault, though as faults go, that's one of the best to have.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Emotionally raw, emotionally riveting. No Lesbian Bed Death here.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
[A] charming, uplifting, and very funny subversion of the traditional patriarchal family.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
If the goings-on occasionally become slim or perfunctory, the film is rescued repeatedly by an absolutely top-drawer cast.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The dynamic of affection, distraction, familiarity, and frustration is deftly portrayed.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The acting in this film is so good, across the board, that it doesn't feel like acting; we're simply watching a family going through some drama (and comedy) over a summer before its eldest child leaves for college.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Could very well be the pilot for a new Comedy Central series about the antics of a pair of zany lesbian mothers trying to raise their teenagers. Well, yes and no.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
As a slice-of-life alternately affectionate and biting, the film is nothing if not naturalistic and consistently watchable.
Directing from the tart, laugh-out-loud script she cowrote, Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon) has crafted an honest, generous portrait of the challenges of American family life -- gay or straight.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Cholodenko's film is about family, traditional or otherwise. And you don't have to have two moms to relate.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The last act makes up for a lot of the movie's earlier flaws, as Cholodenko nudges the material beyond the somewhat generic comedy of the first half into rawer, more compelling emotional territory.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
The acting is close to flawless.
Andy Klein - Brand X
An authentic sense of soul to the couple, who struggle, fail, and love with a realism that takes Kids somewhere amazing, beyond the dull routine of broken hearts and cliched dysfunction.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
It would be criminal if , come Oscar time, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are not competing for a Best Actress award.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
A captivating, honest, unpretentious and intelligent portrait of an American family that's genuinely poignant, warm and funny. It brims with well-nuanced, brave and resonating performances.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
...with its femme leads, [this] may be seen as a lady flick, but this is far from the case. This is for adults, male and female, who are up for a solid, family-bound story.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
One of those small cinematic miracles that movie audiences hope and pray for. That it makes a powerful social argument in favor of LGBT families without breaking a sweat in the process is a wonderful bonus.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Up to the challenge, and clearly relishing roles of unusual substance, are Moore, Ruffalo and Bening -- who could well nab an Oscar nomination for her work as an iron-willed smother-mother for the ages.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Writing and directing a movie about family and relationships is always challenging, but Cholodenko seems to have found the right balance.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The bottom line is that I didn't find "The Kids Are All Right" to be particularly intriguing on any level. It seems too calculated to be taken as serious entertainment.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
[Filled with] funny, gripping and very precise scenes played to perfection by superior actors.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
If you liked The Cosby Show and don't reflexively hate gay people then you're pretty much going to dig this movie because it's that show's R-rated lesbian equivalent.
Dave White - Movies.com
The director realizes she has a great actress at her disposal and gives Bening her due ... Cholodenko knows when, for greater impact, her characters should remain silent.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
It's a great piece of filmmaking because of its characters, all of whom feel genuine and three-dimensional in ways that typical screenwriting fails to pull off.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
A deft and engaging social comedy that's shaping up to be the summer movie season's savviest piece of counter-programming.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Mature, witty family dramedy explores love, parenthood.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
It's a new kind of family film, smarter than most and funnier than many.
Kurt Loder - MTV
The specifics of the story only underlie its general, and universal theme: Marriages and families can be hard work -- and kind of worth it.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
An intimate, funny, occasionally upsetting depiction of a loving family that is, like so many families, often only just functional.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Such a low-key feat of filmmaking that the scope of its offhanded generosity -- toward its characters, its story, its actors and its audience -- may not hit you until days after you've seen it.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Sideways, it is not, but The Kids Are All Right is, in a particularly dull summer at the movies, a friendly reminder that there are...alternatives.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
This isn't a movie about gay marriage; it's a movie about marriage, period, and the way complacency and resentment can undermine a relationship.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The movie's overrated, the performances aren't.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It's a brilliant screenplay, but happily, this is also Cholodenko's most visually satisfying movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The film, like its central family, succeeds as best it can under the circumstances in which it finds itself.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
An all-American tale with award-level performances that is at its best when going for laughs rather than dramatic depths, where it comes disturbingly close to shifting the gears on its casual principles.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It's a movie about basic things, about the meaning of family and the vulnerability of families, with the suggestion that the ones most subject to bombardment are the families least protected by custom and tradition.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Expect a human comedy about relationships that haven't been fully explored on film before, told in a fashion that ensures tenderness trumps self-importance at every turn.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Cholodenko examines human behavior with insight and wit and has been blessed with one of the best ensemble casts of the year.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[F]unny and smart and poignant and real and universal. It's one of the best movies about family I've ever seen...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A remarkable family drama with five endearing characters whose struggles and foibles are both genuine and touching.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
All right, but not great: that phrase not only describes the kids (of all ages) in this likeable family drama, but the film, as a whole, too.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Cholodenko's films always falter through their obvious, self-congratulatory point-making.
Armond White - New York Press
The director alternates incident-laden storytelling with penetrating character moments that her terrific cast acts to the fullest.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
The Kids Are All Right is an incredibly clear-eyed look at who we are right now, and how the definition of "family" is changing, featuring a great cast, a wise and witty screenplay, and pitch-perfect direction.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
The film's main strength is the screenplay, co-written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. It's perceptive and mercurial, perfectly in tune with the churning tensions within every family.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Whatever the facts of your own family life, you're likely to see some of it reflected in this wonderful movie, which you should see as soon as you can.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
No film has left me with a fuller sense of satisfaction this year so far.
Michael Phillips - At the Movies
Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo give award-caliber performances in this funny and poignant comedy about a lesbian couple whose teenage children seek out their biological father.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
The title, like Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, is one that trails you out of the theater and gives you something to brood on.
Lisa Cholodenko is one of the more radical visionaries working in American indie cinema today.
Lauren Wissot - Slant Magazine
Cholodenko's third feature is not great (it's too broad), but the film is enjoyable, well-acted, timely and relevant in ways that most American comedies are not: It says something about the new family structures and values.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Touchingly and amusingly treats the last summer home before college as just as fraught for families who have two moms and a sperm donor as any other, just more complicated.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
The mid-life parenting crisis of a lesbian couple (awesomely played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) is the narrative cornerstone for a memorable comedic family drama from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Despite its script's considerable shortcomings, (the film) is a timely, engaging story that provides the sublime pleasure of watching two lovely, exceptional actresses in great form.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Orange County and Long Beach Blade
There's considerable originality in a story centering on a sperm donor whose identity and visits upend a household.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A glibly intelligent yet unconventional feel-good film, it grapples with commitment issues inherent in long-term relationships.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
What we have is an amiable character portrait that is enjoyable at times, but for me, difficult to get emotionally invested in.
Luke Y. Thompson - Geekweek
Cholodenko challenges our most basic assumptions, whether they fall to the right or left of the political spectrum, and at the heart of her film are the most powerful themes.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
A sweet film that plays relatively fast and loose with sexuality, but never loses focus on it's core story.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
a delightful and timely comedy
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A crowd-pleasing, feel-good comedy for an era in which the very definition of "family" is fluid and in flux.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Cleverly peppered with laughs in its examination of the modern "untraditional" family.
Tim Grierson - Screen International