Kramer vs. Kramer
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"Sensitive, truthful look at the breakup of a family."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Like a few other recent movies, it takes a serious look at problems faced in real people in real life -- family conflicts, personality problems, childrearing dilemmas."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Oscar-dominating 1970s weepie that is just waiting to be rediscovered."
‑ , Film4
"Kramer Vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit."
‑ Dale Pollock, Variety
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Benton's Oscar-winning film, a middlebrow family melodrama, well acted by Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, reflected the new positions and struggles of women in American society."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hugely popular on its initial release, this looks, in retrospect, like nothing much more than a glossy soap passed off as serious drama."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Benton's direction must first be praised for his choice of actors and his collaboration with them."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Misogynistic claptrap."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What could so easily have become something false and tacky is handled with truth and restraint."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"it remains one of the most compelling films of the decade, even if time has tarnished a bit of its sheen."
‑ Don Willmott,
"This excellent struggle of a dad to keep his son by his side is a pure classic, with Hoffman at his best."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
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