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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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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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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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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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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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

A real-world horror movie -- for parents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Tony GandŪa
You have to praise "We Need To Talk About Kevin" for not wanting to go down the creepy kid horror movie route that so many recent films have gone… 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
familiar stranger
The very beginning gives a hint that the director is attempting to offer something different. Unfortunately, I don't have a taste for that different… More