Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As a portrait of a deteriorating state of mind, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful film.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Acting doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
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By Bob Mondello
The film's bluntness doesn't diminish the power of the nature-versus-nurture questions Eva's asking herself. Or of Swinton's harrowing portrait of parental guilt.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This is, in a way, a real horror film about everyday things and a disconnected family.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is creepy, but it has no texture or depth. It's like "The Omen" directed by Miranda July.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a little too facile in the way it sets up the horrific climax: Just one look at this kid and you know he's trouble, yet no one besides mom can see it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This is a mother's tale, and in Swinton's expert hands, Eva must ultimately deal with the fallout from an uncomfortable truth: She just never liked her kid.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Ramsay delivers an overdirected, conceptually obnoxious art film that's torture to sit through, listen to, and think about.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is a very good performance in a very bad movie.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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