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: January 13, 2012
DVD 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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Fernando F. Croce

Lynne Ramsay's third feature is a mishmash of soiled diapers, leaden musical cues and underlined soul-sickness.

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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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J Hurtado

Swinton hoists the film from a possibly melodramatic mire to a crushing discussion on the impact of nature vs. nurture.

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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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

A surprisingly pedestrian film from the usually engaging and inventive Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin feels more like an early film by an American indie filmmaker looking for his/her big break.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A disturbing, terrifying and emotionally devastating drama that examines how evil can grow inside people from the way they are raised - and Tilda Swinton is… 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