The Descendants

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Review: The Descendants

What our critics thought of The Descendants

Christy Lemire
Features some piercing moments of emotional truth.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Director Alexander Payne's best film.

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Review: Clooney manages chaos in `Descendants'
Alexander Payne makes movies about men on the brink -- of a nervous breakdown, of personal or professional ruin and, ultimately, maybe even some hard-earned peace. That was true of Matthew Broderick's scheming teacher in "Election," Jack Nicholson's searching retiree in "About Schmidt" and Paul Giamatti's sloppy oenophile in "Sideways," and it's certainly true of George Clooney in "The Descendants." …Read Full Review
Christy Lemire - The Associated Press - 11/18/2011

The Descendants
"The Descendants" has a happy ending. Therefore, technically, it's a comedy. It takes place in the paradise of Hawaii. It stars George Clooney. That may lead you to expect a pleasant good time, but this film is so much more than that. Clooney gives one of his best performances in this film directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, who in "Sideways" (2004) and "About Schmidt" (2002), showed a special affinity for men learning to accept their better feelings. …Read Full Review
Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun Times - 11/17/2011