The Vicious Kind
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Untrusting of women following a bitter breakup on the eve of Thanksgiving, a misanthropic construction worker finds himself inexplicably attracted to his younger brother's new girlfriend. Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott) has just been through a particularly difficult breakup. Isolated, yet strangely contented with his newly single status, Caleb wears his distain toward women as a macho badge of honor. However, when Thanksgiving weekend arrives and Caleb meets his younger brother Peter's (Alex Frost) new girlfriend, Emma (Brittany Snow), his initial attempts to convince his sibling that the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters spend far too much time working through their problems with drama-deadening directness."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Inevitably, the film devolves into weepy catharsis, but with slick cinematography and colorfully cruel dialogue for Scott to chew up and spit at every member of this fine ensemble."
‑ Aaron Hillis, L.A. Weekly
"What lifts this trenchant dramedy out of the ordinary are Krieger's ear for dialogue and Adam Scott's breakthrough performance as a family's black sheep seemingly intent on earning that bad rap."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's the sort of Sundance-approved movie that takes place in a stereotypically bleak rural locale, while an acoustic guitar twangs mournfully over the soundtrack."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"In a sharply scripted comic drama, Brittany Snow stars as the pensive Emma, a girl caught between two quite different brothers."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Indie drama reveals talent in front of and behind the camera."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Vicious Kind doesn't have much in the way of new corners to offer the domestic disturbance genre, resulting in a film greatly dedicated to misery, but offers no tangible reason why anyone outside of the filmmaker should care."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"What initially seems like a [Neil] LaBute knockoff develops into its own rather interesting examination of men who mask pain with maliciousness."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
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