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We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly
Jan 13, 2012
R, 1 hr. 52 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich, Ursula Parker, Jasper Newell, Siobhan Fallon, Rocky Duer, Polly Adams, Alex Manette
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Theater Release: Jan 13, 2012
DVD Release: May 29, 2012
Synopsis: A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. -- (C) Oscilloscope

Critic Reviews

  • David Thomson, The New Republic
    It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton.
  • Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is confrontational cinema that will leave you speechless.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles.
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    It's a hallmark of "Kevin's" emotional bravery and intellectual honesty that the questions haunt us long after the end credits roll.
  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    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.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    Ramsay may be aiming for a character study of Kevin, but she ends up merely listing the ingredients needed to make a murderer.
  • Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    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.
  • Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    The narrative strategy amounts to little more than film-school strenuousness, and in the end it can't conceal the movie's essential crudeness - its coarse, artless dialogue, blank character writing and intellectual vacuity.
  • Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    Ramsay, filming in lurid reds and unblinking close-ups, lets no one off the hook here; this is truly a domestic horror story, with no easy answers and nobody blameless.
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