The Vicious Kind
The Vicious Kind (2009)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The characters spend far too much time working through their problems with drama-deadening directness.

Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Nick Schager
Time Out

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.

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Simon Weaving

In a sharply scripted comic drama, Brittany Snow stars as the pensive Emma, a girl caught between two quite different brothers.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Indie drama reveals talent in front of and behind the camera.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Geoff Berkshire

What initially seems like a [Neil] LaBute knockoff develops into its own rather interesting examination of men who mask pain with maliciousness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
I haven't really seen Adam Scott in anything, but his turn in this dramatic role is indeed vicious but also vulnerable. Caleb's insulting outbursts… More
CAST: Brittany Snow, Adam Scott, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons DIRECTED BY: Lee Toland Krieger SUMMARY: Caleb Sinclaire is a bitter construction worker whose… More
Jim Hunter
Secrets and lies unfold in a troubled family when a man develops a lustful fascination with his brother's girlfriend when the latter brings her home for… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Peter: Are you not sleeping again?...Is it safe for you to be driving? Caleb: I'm gonna be honest with you. No. Adam Scott is an actor I've come to… More
Leigh Ryan
Kind of odd and offbeat, but it was enjoyable to watch. Very interesting chemistry of characters.
Mark Abell
A powerfully dark tale of obsession, lust, and betrayal that plays out over a Thanksgiving weekend, somewhere in the Northeast. The bleak scenery fits the… More

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