We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 29, 2012
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).

David Thomson
The New Republic

It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

We're not supposed to talk about a lot of the ugly feelings Kevin stirs up, but maybe we need to.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a hallmark of "Kevin's" emotional bravery and intellectual honesty that the questions haunt us long after the end credits roll.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

As a psychological study of a shattered mother struggling to make sense of a heinous crime carried out by her teenage son, it's endlessly fascinating.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is confrontational cinema that will leave you speechless.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Some movies punish you, but you take it because you're getting something out of the bargain: an insight, a performance, art, adrenaline. Then there are the movies that punish you for the heck of it.

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

A high school killing spree leads to a captivating examination of parenthood and the 'nature vs nurture' debate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A disturbing, emotionally devastating and terrifying drama that examines how evil in people can grow from the conditions in which they are raised - and Tilda… More
Thomas Johnston
GREAT acting. It is strange and dark the way the story is told, maybe too artsy at times... but I am happy I stuck with it to the end. Tilda Swinton and Ezra… More
Jim Hunter
A mother whose life is ruined by her son's violent act struggles to make sense of his actions and move on. A slow and meandering film, Lynne Ramsay's… More
Alex roy
We Need to Talk about Kevin is a stunning piece of cinema that is brilliantly acted and directed. The film tells the story of Kevin, a disturbed antisocial… More
Jens S.
Basically the Anti-Boyhood, this film hints at a horrible crime carried out by a teenage son and then tells us in flashbacks about his upbringing and the… More
Nicki Marie
Way better than I expected. I found this quite complicated and I struggled to know who to sympathize with. To start with, I pitied the mother with her… More