Flashbacks reveal a woman's (Tilda Swinton) calamitous attempt to raise her firstborn son while, in the present, she grapples with the aftermath of the youth's horrific act.
" That the film works so brilliantly is a tribute in large part to the actors. "
" The boy (played by a trio of child actors) is so unremittingly evil that the movie begins to feel like a grotesque remake of that old John Ritter comedy Problem Child. "
" [Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, decor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives. "
" Acting doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. "
" Tilda Swinton is the star of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and her performance is so complex and volcanic and transfixing that all of the film's flaws melt away. "
" Ramsay may be aiming for a character study of Kevin, but she ends up merely listing the ingredients needed to make a murderer. "
" Kevin is an extraordinary work from Ramsay, a filmmaker with an uncommon gift for getting at the inner psychology of her characters through striking visuals. "
" Ramsay, filming in lurid reds and unblinking close-ups, lets no one off the hook here; this is truly a domestic horror story, with no easy answers and nobody blameless. "
" Director Ramsay makes Kevin's impact all the more felt by coming at it from all angles. "
" Lynne Ramsay's thoughtful, unnerving film works its strange power over viewers who are likely to find themselves as compelled as repelled by its fatally flawed key players. "
" "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is confrontational cinema that will leave you speechless. "
" 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. "
" The narrative strategy amounts to little more than film-school strenuousness, and in the end it can't conceal the movie's essential crudeness - its coarse, artless dialogue, blank character writing and intellectual vacuity. "
" Nothing seared my consciousness like the stunning work from Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." "
" It's a creepy and disturbing movie, but there's not a lot going on behind people's eyes. The soullessness lacks soul. "
" This thoroughly well-crafted, if rigidly conceived film could use a little more talking -- at least some therapy! -- about Kevin. "
" There's no equivocating ... over the excellence of the acting by Swinton and casting find Ezra Miller "
" Fragmented, dreamlike, a whir of memories and misery, We Need to Talk About Kevin is unsettling, but also somehow unnecessary. "
" It's a hallmark of "Kevin's" emotional bravery and intellectual honesty that the questions haunt us long after the end credits roll. "
" Swinton is astounding. "
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