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We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Lynne Ramsay

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About the Movie

In this Golden Globe nominated psychological thriller, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton plays Eva, the mother of the evil Kevin (Ezra Miller). Eva contends with her clueless husband (John C. Reilly) and her son's malevolent ways, as the narrative builds to a chilling and unforgettable climax. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores nature vs. nurture, as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 195
  • Fresh: 148
  • Rotten: 47
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Acting doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jan 13, 2012

Rotten: 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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 1, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Mar 2, 2012

Fresh: That the film works so brilliantly is a tribute in large part to the actors. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

Amazingly brilliant. Tilda Swinton is fierce.

Amazing Movie!!

I saw this movie 6 times in the theater! I have been waiting for it to be released. It wasn't what I had expected, to be honest I thought it was going to be slow. I was drawn to seeing it because I am a fan of Ezra Miller's. He did such an amazing job in this film. I have a strong feeling he will soon be a well known name on the big screen. Tilda Swinton also surprised me in her role I thought she played Eva perfect. I have introduced all my friends to this movie and they were surprised on how much they liked it! It is a must see movie!!!!!!

Strained and pedantic

I guess this movie is in the vanguard of the fascination with human minds. Most of the performances are good. However, it's marred by the type-casting of John C. Reilly in yet another of his amiable dunce roles. (And don't get me wrong, he can be very good; as in "The River Wild" and "Boogie Nights"). But this is the next of several roles where he essentially plays the same character, an emotionally tone-deaf sweetie-pie. (His roles in Chicago, Year of the Dog, and The Hours are the first three that come to mind). His character is so irritating and insensitive and completely unsuited to Swinton's. The movie suggests that Tilda Swinton's character, what with her cool, tightly anxious demeanor and all, has probably bestowed the psychopathy to her son. Shades of the phony "refrigerator mother" excuse for autism. The movie has it's point - denial has its consequences - but the characters are in such a vacuum: There are no relatives, no cell phones, no neighbors door-bell ringing for friendly reasons, no parent-teacher conferences, just this vacuum where the horror that is the son unfolds. The family's house is as sterile as a lab. Perhaps this is meant to reflect somehow on the psychological make-up of the parents, but I for one am not buying it. The use of the color red splashed here, there and everywhere, is forced and arty. For this reason the movie is strained and rather pedantic.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2012

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