Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. Th... (Full plot summary below)
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Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother.
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Time Out New York - 10/10 by Joshua RothkopfThe movie toggles between two periods-before and after a catastrophe-and, were it not for Swinton's magnetism, it would be unbearable. Instead, you'll want to stay for the wallop.
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by Kenneth TuranIt's a domestic horror story that literally gets to us where we live, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill by filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Roger EbertAs a portrait of a deteriorating state of mind, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful film.
We Got This Covered - 10/10 by Will ChadwickWe Need To Talk About Kevin is a brooding, unnerving but wholly rewarding film.
Variety - 9/10 by Leslie FelperinAn exquisitely realized adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel. In a rigorously subtle performance as a woman coping with the horrific damage wrought by her psychopathic son, Tilda Swinton anchors the dialogue-light film with an expressiveness that matches her star turn in "I Am Love."
Portland Oregonian - 9/10 by Shawn LevyWatching it isn't easy, but it is definitely worth having waited for.
Examiner.com - 9/10 by Jeff BeckIt may not be a crowd-pleaser, but it's not every day we get an emotional powerhouse of a film done this well.
Time - 9/10 by Mary PolsRamsey's film has its own strengths. We Need To Talk About Kevin doesn't just bring you to the outskirts of a parent's worst nightmare; this fever dream of guilt and loss takes you straight inside.
Salon.com - 9/10 by Andrew O'HehirThere are so many great things happening on almost every level of this movie, from Swinton's haunting, magnetic and tremendously vulnerable performance, which is absolutely free of condescension to the suburban American wife-ness of her character, to the many unsettling individual moments.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/10 by Joe WilliamsRefusing to hold our hands, director Lynne Ramsay ("Morvern Callar") pushes far beyond the boundaries of topical drama into the realm of the surreal.
Rolling Stone - 9/10 by Peter TraversActing doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
ReelViews - 9/10 by James BerardinelliA meditation on the pain suffered by a mother when her child turns out to be a monster, We Need to Talk about Kevin is the perfect tonic for holiday cheer.