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The Kids Are All Right
The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Definitions of family, love and friendship all get put to the test with wit and warmth in The Kids Are All Right, one of the year's most honest and endearing films."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"We're shown real life problems in a fictional story that gives us real life solutions. Bravo Lisa, your film is more than all right."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"The dialog seems like it was pulled from a magazine full of bad liberal clichés. It feels as if people who used to be progressives, but want people to think they still are wrote this movie."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"The Kids Are All Right is witty, touching and humane - and decidedly up to the minute."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Sophisticated and funny, but once you get past the unusual premise and the fact that the main couple is realistically portrayed, there's nothing surprising about it."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Here are five gifted actors at the top of their games as five characters in search of what makes a family."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bening hoists this heavy-handed dramedy high with a burst of superhuman strength. And all you can do is sit in awe."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"This is very tricky material to parse, mainly because the movie is telling us one thing in dialogue and showing us quite another visually."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"More of a breezy drama, as opposed to a weighty comedy... the ace up its sleeve, aside from its "modern family" plot device, is its characters, brought to life with welcome layers and depth by the cast."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"It's a terrific film."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Cholodenko understands that the family, any family, remains a primal source for drama that is both mirthful and maddening."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A twist on the traditional family drama, where every character has depth and deserves redemption."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"What it lacks in grandstanding and pandering to the 'issues', this film more than makes up for with its great story, rounded characters and genuine sense of fun."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"How, despite such a talented, femme-centric cast, does Ruffalo's loveable idiot manage to walk off with the film?"
‑ Matt Glasby,
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