Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

In this film, Joanna Kramer walks out on her advertising-art-director husband Michael. Also left behind is the Kramers' 6-year-old son Billy. At first, both father and son resent each other's company but soon form a strong bond.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The divorce subject isn't as shocking, but the film is still a thoughtful, well-acted drama that resists the urge to take sides or give easy answers.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's an interesting movie to look back on for its attitudes: In the guise of being a consciousness-raiser it plumps for male tenderness and demonizes the mother who can't recognize how far her workaholic ex-hubbie has come.

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Sensitive, truthful look at the breakup of a family.

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Dale Pollock
Variety

Kramer Vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a movie to watch together -- your kids may well seek shelter under your arm, glad to know their own families enjoy more peace.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

There is so seldom even one great performance in a movie that three is too much to expect. For that reason alone, this story of a couple battling for custody of their young son is a remarkable achievement.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Benton's direction must first be praised for his choice of actors and his collaboration with them.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Misogynistic claptrap.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

What could so easily have become something false and tacky is handled with truth and restraint.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Even in our contemporary time period, the roles of mother and father are implicit and gender biased. "Kramer vs. Kramer" was a revolutionary film at… More
Lucas Martins
Kramer Vs. Kramer is a powerful closer portrait of a divorce, very good executed.
Devon Bott
In 1979, America was just beginning to see the effects of the women's movement on the american family. There was a great amount of role reversal in the… More
Jameson Worley
A great drama film! Great performances and really good writing. Hoffman is excellent and Meryl Streep is stunning! Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best… More
Daniel Perry
One of the first and hardest-hitting films to address divorce on the big screen, the 1979 Best Picture winner is a touch melodramatic for me but is filled with… More
Jason Owens
Great drama film that will have the tears flowing toward the end. As one of the other reviewers said, it's very realistic (my parents divorced when I was… More

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