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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...

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 Peneflix
Tilda Swinton is "Eva Khatchadourian" an accomplished adventure writer, deliciously in love with her husband "Franklin" (John C. Reilly, shines), the mother of "Kevin"; the "mother" of the...

Liked it....stays with you......interesting in a disturbing way.....

By bbryant43
what to do with the bad seed child....could it be nurtured or corrected into being a normal, loving person?? Divided parenting styles didn't help, and maybe nothing could, - conclusion leaves lots...

We Need To Talk About Kevin

By bgrajski
This is not a film for everyone, but I thought it was very good. A bit of a cross between psychological thriller and horror movie (although not the scary, suspenseful kind), it deals with the bad...

Worth seeing it!

By edopazo
A different angle for a common contemporary family's drama...

A high school story

By fandango448
Maybe a grammar school one, or at best sophomoric middle school psycho babble, misogynist plot where the Mother is all that controls the growth of a child, evolution and darwin be damned with their...


By mfcotter
Performances were incredible, visual style really effective at holding the story together. Bravo....

We Need to Talk About Kevin

By Halman
A bold and daring cinematic translation of Lionel Shriver's novel. The story has been reminted, adapted in exclusively visual terms, and much of the film is almost dialogue-free. Fans of the book...

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Rated R | For Disturbing violence/behavior, some sexuality and language
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