We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews

  • The movie is creepy, but it has no texture or depth. It's like The Omen directed by Miranda July.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Ms. Ramsay, with ruthless ingenuity, creates a deeper dread and a more acute feeling of anticipation by allowing us to think we know what is coming and then shocking us with the extent of our ignorance.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's an arty horror movie set within the context of a dysfunctional family, focusing on the massively strained relationship between a conflicted mother and a sociopathic son.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Lynne Ramsay's thoughtful, unnerving film works its strange power over viewers who are likely to find themselves as compelled as repelled by its fatally flawed key players.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Some movies punish you, but you take it because you're getting something out of the bargain: an insight, a performance, art, adrenaline. Then there are the movies that punish you for the heck of it.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

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

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • "We Need to Talk About Kevin" isn't afraid of the conversation, no matter how painful.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • View more MSN videosGo to MSN Video One of the most relentlessly and purposefully harrowing movies of the year...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The actors are uniformly skillful (and Reilly's voice is one of the current cinema's charms), but Ramsay gives them little but prefabricated attitudes to work with.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • That the film works so brilliantly is a tribute in large part to the actors.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The boy (played by a trio of child actors) is so unremittingly evil that the movie begins to feel like a grotesque remake of that old John Ritter comedy Problem Child.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a hallmark of "Kevin's" emotional bravery and intellectual honesty that the questions haunt us long after the end credits roll.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A morbid, misguided mess with a fractured narrative, guaranteed to drive audiences away in droves.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Present in every scene so that there's no doubt that her character's consciousness is filtering what's seen, Swinton delivers a concrete-hard central perf that's up there with her best work.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

  • Swinton and Reilly make no sense as a couple, which is all of a piece with "We Need To Talk About Kevin,'' where everyone's motivations manage to seem simultaneously arbitrary and inevitable pretty much all the time.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • There's no equivocating ... over the excellence of the acting by Swinton and casting find Ezra Miller

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Part horror, part drama, part cautionary tale, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a film that will lodge in your memory long after the end credits.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

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