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Rated R · 111 minutes · 2011

Drama
Tilda Swinton most certainly should’ve gotten an Oscar nomination for her performance as the mother of an unholy boy who grows up to do some very bad things. The son, played by Jasper Newell as a young boy and Ezra Miller as a teen, makes Damien from The Omen look like Christopher Robin. Miller is especially good, walking around with a sly grin on his face that denotes malevolent intent. Swinton will break your heart as the mom who knows there’s something wrong with her boy, but can’t get anybody—including her husband, played by the ever-reliable John C. Reilly—to listen. This is a real drama about a bad kid who is bad simply because he’s bad. It’s not a film for the faint of heart or somebody looking for a good time at the movies. It is the very definition of downer. The film also offers a stinging, yet understated commentary on media and the notoriety of criminals.
Official Site: kevin.oscilloscope.net
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Producer: Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Andrew Orr, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rocky Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Alex Manette

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Charleston City Paper 2011 was the year of a different heroine The cinema of 2011 offered a long overdue news flash. While our brains have been programmed from years of Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl vehicles to think that all women wanted was a husband and a hot pair of Manolo Blahniks, this year's movies germinated the notion that things aren't quite that simple. Or simple-minded. by Felicia Feaster 12/28/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Light in the darkness A celebration of the best films of 2011, in all their ambiguity. by Scott Renshaw 12/29/2011
Charleston City Paper A nod to the best films of 2011, in all their ambiguity Welcome to 2011 at the movies — where the only thing certain about the best movies was their uncertainty. by Scott Renshaw 12/28/2011
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Memphis Flyer Nature vs. Nurture Hollow bad-seed drama We Need to Talk About Kevin puts its thumb on the scale. by Chris Herrington 04/05/2012
Charleston City Paper Nature vs. nurture in We Need to Talk About Kevin In the slim genre of horror films about female anxiety, there is Rosemary's Baby, brimming over with angst about just what is cooking inside Rosemary Woodhouse's womb. And there is the afterbirth saga of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, which hinges on a mother's horror of doing everything right by your child and ending up, nevertheless, with a very, very bad seed. by Felicia Feaster 02/29/2012
The Coast Halifax We Need to Talk About Kevin, you need to go see him Brilliant psychological drama about the relationship between mother and son by Molly Segal 03/08/2012

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