We Need to Talk About Kevin Synopsis
A woman (Tilda Swinton) must deal with the aftermath of her son's horrific act.
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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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88

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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70

NPR

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...
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70

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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67

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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65

Movieline

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...
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63

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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60

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...
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25

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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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is a very good performance in a very bad movie.
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Well-directed and thought provoking movie

By cnolte23
A well-directed and thought provoking movie that looks at the old nature vs. nurture debate. I really loved the mothers memory sequences that are mixed in throughout the film are both gritty and...

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By chaseburgala
Its funny that I like this movie as much as I did, considering both the plot and the story, itself, left a little to be desired. Both seemed kinda tired and not very original. So, what did I like?...

You have never

By Spanishfly20
Second Time watching it, I, for the first time in life am speechless about a film. I have never been mentally disturbed about a film. I love it.. You will be talking about Kevin. The actors give you...

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By discerningwill
I want my money back! This movie was so painful to watch that we walked out halfway through. So much psychopathology and disfunction on the part of the mother. Why would anyone want to witness...

Tilda Swinton is perfectly cast..........

By Nacho Baggo
As are all 3 of the "Kevin" actors. Kevin is deeply disturbed and lashes out in the worst ways, but I feel disconnected and unemotional through most of it. The tension didn't build for me. Director...

Not What I Thought It Would Be, But Well Acted

By TheQueenB
Had high hopes for seeing this Friday the 13th, & after all the + reviews, but it wasn't as good as I hoped. The beginning was confusing & complex, making me think I would not be able to follow much...

We Need To Talk About Kevin

By RHuckabay
This is my all-time favorite book, and the movie really didn't come close to doing it justice. I thought maybe it was just that my expectations were too high, and that maybe my husband would like it...

We Need to Talk About Kevin

By camburn320
My college roommate sent me this book from Ca. and I couldn't put it down. I sent it on to one of my sisters in Mi. and she as well as my other two sisters loved it. The movie followed the book...

WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin

By Mr Film Freak
Can you imagine being a mother and knowing deep down in your heart that there is something seriously mentally wrong with your son but your obligations as a mother to love and nurture your family cloud...

Produced Conversation

By arsmith817
A dark movie that produced a lively discussion afterward, one of which what was the cause of Kevin's behavior (time of birth, DNA, parental, a desire for control, all of the above, etc.)....

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Rated R | For Disturbing violence/behavior, some sexuality and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Bleak film about disturbed teen is difficult to watch.
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