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The Descendants

Rated R for language including some sexual references.

R In Theaters 11/16/2011 , 110min.
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Critic score based on 42 reviews

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April 08, 2013
terrible movie about awful people who do change a bit for the better in the end.
September 25, 2012
The was a very interesting story about a family with problems, and how a father has to deal with them. No it is not a comedy! George Clooney was great!
July 31, 2012
You have to change the genre to Drama becasue comedy it not the main genre.
May 01, 2012
the film is very simple, but the performances by Clooney and his daughters from leaking worth, the story flows in an interesting and sometimes a little slow, but it is a family history and overcoming a good film that serves as an example for life .
April 12, 2012
Good story, funny, and heartwarming.

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Nearly every detail sources directly back to Kaui Hart Hemmings' sensitively crafted novel, and yet, Payne's triumph is in striking the right tone -- and knowing what to leave unsaid. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
To call The Descendants perfect would be a kind of insult, a betrayal of its commitment to, and celebration of, human imperfection. Its flaws are impossible to distinguish from its pleasures. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
The Descendants is gentle, witty, audience-friendly entertainment for grown-ups, with a great performance by one of our biggest screen stars. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
A pitch-perfect movie that threads a microscopically tiny needle between high comedy and devastating drama. Full Review
Anthony Lane
The New Yorker
In short, The Descendants is the latest exhibit in Payne's careful dissection of the beached male, which runs from Matthew Broderick's character in "Election" to Jack Nicholson's in "About Schmidt" and Paul Giamatti's in "Sideways." Full Review
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