The Descendants
The Descendants (2011)

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.

David Thomson
The New Republic

The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

In the hands of writer-director Alexander Payne, Clooney has rarely seemed so much at home.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Mr. Payne's undeniable knack for naturalism makes "The Descendants" a wholly persuasive and heartfelt experience.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Payne is an unobtrusive director, a filmmaker who lets the script do the walking - in this case, perhaps too much.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In playing an everyman stranded between anger and duty, Clooney earns an emotional payoff that a lesser actor would simply demand.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I enjoyed Clooney's performance enormously without ever buying it for a second.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

One of the year's best films, a bubbly meditation on family and responsibility that weighs just enough to matter.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

With so many balls in the air the temptation is to rush from one plot strand to another, but Payne takes the opposite approach. He also captures the complexity of emotional reactions that grief stirs.

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Glenn Dunks

The Descendants is an exercise in why women are such horrible, despicable shrews. When this film isn't demonising its female characters for daring to be unhappy in their marriage, it's condescending them for showing too much emotion...

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A predictable pseudo-indie drama lazily written by someone who seems to have no clue about real people's lives. It is constructed around many artificial… More
Chris Weber
I honestly don't know how he does it. This is the 4th out of 5 films directed by Alexander Payne that I've seen, and he once again knocks it out of… More
Kevin M. Williams
Clooney is an unlikely lawyer in Hawaii preparing for the deal of the century when his wife goes into a coma through an boating accident. What happens next,… More
Al S
A masterpiece. A film that has such a real and intense punch but still manages to bring your spirits up. One of the years best and most extraordinary movies. An… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
I don't expect too high for Alexander Payne's movies because even though a lot of people love his work, especially the critics, but he clearly… More
Spencer S.
This family drama is set in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, while playing up the fact that living in a beautiful place doesn't settle your qualms. A… More