Kramer vs. Kramer
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Robert Benton's Oscar-winning adaptation of Avery Corman's bestseller takes on contemporary problems of divorce and shifting gender roles, as a jilted husband learns how to be a nurturing father. Manhattan housewife Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) walks out on her workaholic ad man husband Ted (Dustin Hoffman), leaving their young son Billy (Justin Henry) in Ted's less than capable hands. Through trial and error, Ted learns how to take care of Billy, devoting more energy to his family than to his work, and finally losing his high-powered job because of his new priorities. When Joanna… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"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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