100

TV Guide

By Ethan Alter
Kramer vs. Kramer is, essentially, a television movie that was raised into the feature category by the excellence of the execution.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Kramer vs. Kramer is one of the most sensitive and least judgmental film about relationships ever made in the United States.... One of the important films. [15 Dec 1979]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Kramer vs. Kramer is a movie of good performances, and it had to be, because the performances can't rest on conventional melodrama.
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90

Time

Kramer vs. Kramer is a rare movie that finds its tone, its focus and its poetry in its very first image.
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90

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Kramer vs. Kramer is densely packed with such beautifully observed detail. It is also superbly acted by its supporting cast, including Jane Alexander, Howard Duff and George Coe.
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90

Variety

Kramer vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Even when its emotions run a bit out of control, Kramer vs. Kramer is a strong and positive film. Its performances are first-rate, from Hoffman and streep down to Howard Duff (as a divorce lawyer) and a terrifically talented lad named Justin Henry, who visibly matures in his portrayal of Billy, the contested kid.
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60

Empire

This looks, in retrospect, like nothing much more than a glossy soap passed off as serious drama.
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30

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Misogynistic claptrap about a divorced husband (Dustin Hoffman) fighting for the custody of and learning to cope with his little boy (Justin Henry) - a movie whose classy trimmings (including Nestor Almendros's cinematography) persuaded audiences to regard writer-director Robert Benton as a subtle art-house director.
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77 out of 100
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