Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) walks out on her advertising-art-director husband Michael (Dustin Hoffman). Though he is obviously insensitive to everyone's feelings but his own, Michael has not lost his wife because of this; she simply… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 19, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The divorce subject isn't as shocking, but the film is still a thoughtful, well-acted drama that resists the urge to take sides or give easy answers.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

A triumph of partisan pathos, a celebration of father-son bonding that astutely succeeds were tearjerkers like "The Champ" so mawkishly failed.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's an interesting movie to look back on for its attitudes: In the guise of being a consciousness-raiser it plumps for male tenderness and demonizes the mother who can't recognize how far her workaholic ex-hubbie has come.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Sensitive, truthful look at the breakup of a family.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

What Benton achieved with his screenplay he intensified with his direction. Each performance is a minor miracle of perfection - not only Hoffman's and Streep's, which dominate the picture, but each of the supporting roles as well.

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Dale Pollock

Kramer Vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

There is so seldom even one great performance in a movie that three is too much to expect. For that reason alone, this story of a couple battling for custody of their young son is a remarkable achievement.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Kramer vs. Kramer is greatly enriched by its exceptional cast.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Benton's direction must first be praised for his choice of actors and his collaboration with them.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

What could so easily have become something false and tacky is handled with truth and restraint.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A profoundly affecting family drama in which everything conspires for something so perfect that you must be dead if you are not moved, and it relies on a… More
Devon Bott
In 1979, America was just beginning to see the effects of the women's movement on the american family. There was a great amount of role reversal in the… More
Mark Walker
"Who's gonna read me my bedtime stories?" The 1970's has always been a decade of film that I've never withheld my appreciation for.… More
Daniel Perry
One of the first and hardest-hitting films to address divorce on the big screen, the 1979 Best Picture winner is a touch melodramatic for me but is filled with… More
Spencer S.
Even in our contemporary time period, the roles of mother and father are implicit and gender biased. "Kramer vs. Kramer" was a revolutionary film at… More
Lucas Martins
Kramer Vs. Kramer is a powerful closer portrait of a divorce, very good executed.