In short - one of the all-time movie gems. Not overly sensationalizing - just thought provoking, deeply disturbing and riveting from first to last frame. Watch it to learn how the psychotic mind cleverly deceives and manipulates, with, too often, the most tragic of outcomes.
a different sort of story ,but interesting to watch
Didn't really enjoy the beginning (a tad too slow) but i'm glad I didn't switch it off. Great food for thought, excellent acting, enjoyed it.
A creepy disturbing movie about a disturbed youth, as told from his mother's perspective. She is constantly wracked with confused guilt as to how much of Kevin's warped state of mind is her fault. There's not a lot of dialogue in this film, which mirrors the lack of communication in the family. The story is not told chronologically but all the pieces come together at the end. It's a bit hard to believe that Kevin's father knew so little of Kevin's true nature, but that is the only blemish.
Brilliant. I'm now a Tilda Swinton convert.
Acting excellent but too slow, too quiet, ending was c**p.
This film showcases a boy on his own trajectory with parents who don't really seem to give a dam how demented he is. Mum and Dad are as disturbed and weird in their own ways as their son - which is why the son has an uninterrupted path to commit the acts he does. In full agreement with the member review by Larry: "A lesson in the results of the 'No Discipline' method of child rearing!"
There are exceptions, but generally behind every child's behaviour stands the parent/s. Super Nanny Jo Frost's shows highlight that really well. Jo would have sorted out the parents, lol! And instead there'd be a happy ending. I had to knock off one star for just how blatantly passive and enabling the parents were.
This was a most unusual film. Not sure if I liked it or disliked it - just neutral, so give it a 3.
Great movie. One that keeps you thinking long afterwards. Creepy and disturbing but very intriguing. Superb performances also.
this movie was good, kevin is a little brat, good performances by all.
Recommended by a friend as "the most gut wrenching movie like ever" , after 30 minutes I decided I didn't want to know, and turned it off. Readers should know that I was seriously affected by "The Exorcist" when I was a young adult (barely 21) and I still have an aversion to psycho horror, and the poxy review needs a star rating, so the 1 is for compliance only
We need to talk about entertainment. This film & the like are getting to be very tedious. I'm so very glad I didn't pay out good money at the cinema to see this load of twaddle. Whatever happened to films that had a beginning a middle (that makes sense) & an end happy or not.
creepy but intriguing. really enjoyed it
Was Annie S watching the same movie i just watched or what?
Worst direction followed by an almost impossible to follow story line.
The film is horrifyingly realistic. But its method of going back and forward in time with the hints of the horrors to come, made it more suspenseful than I could bear and I had to stop watching. It is a very powerful film and does portray a realistic scenario
The age old question remains. Nurtured or Nature - Science has yet to prove why but for me it would seem a bit of both :) funny how when he was in jail he pointed out one of the few times he ever had respect for his mum when she disciplined him ( for shitting his pants) just goes to show how respect is earned.
Brilliant movie, wonderful acting and awesome directing. The storyline was intricately weaved and I had a real empathy for the mother during the film. Kevin was pure evil and I loved the close ups on the lychee and jam sandwich as symbolism. One that will leave you thinking about it for days after. Brilliant.
Well what a suspense filled, well directed movie. Disturbing, yes, but with an ending as in this movie, the movie has rightfully weaved "disturbing" through the entire movie creating a feeling that something awfully disturbing has happened but you don't know what. Clever. Slow yes. But Tilda's character's has been in slow pain throughout Kevin's existence. So yes this movie mirrors the pain and grief. Again, clever. This mother has had difficulties with Kevin since his conception. Did she make him into this difficult child or was he genetically created this way. I believe the latter and one could feel her efforts in trying to love him but, as it seems, after all that happened, she indeed did. One needs then to sympathize with this woman desperately trying to do the right thing with this unlovable little evil child. I have only one criticism in that the evilness in this child was too obvious and could've been more subtle which would've heightened its tension. How the father had no idea is a little too vague. This movie moved back and fro through time but without any confusion. And brilliant acting by Tilda Swinton.
This movie was very well acted, a little disturbing. The end was a little disappointing.
Frightening thriller that retains some of the ambiguity of the novel. There is no real answer to 'why' a Colombines massacre takes place.
Pretty grim, but very watchable. There's a sense of doom that pervades every scene of this movie and you just know Kevin has issues.
As reported below it is slow to start, but I think that makes it all the more engaging - it begins and you know you're going to be led to a place of doom and heartbreak but it takes you there in such a way that you can't take you're eyes off it.
It is an amazing, disturbing, thought provoking film. It was stuck in my head for quite a few days following watching it. Tilda Swinton's performance in this movie is brilliant and the last scene between mother and son had me wanting to cry and scream at the same time.
Oh and word of advice, spoilers are a feature of some of the reviews below, so careful while reading them if you haven't seen the movie yet
A movie doesn't have to mirror the written story but is should have the integrity of the original. I had read the excellent book and expected a movie of comparable quality. Unfortunately this disjointed offering wasn't that movie.
Slow to start and the music nearly drove me insane, but worth perservering with....I could watch Tilda Swinton all day, she's just interesting to look at. A movie that makes you think.
This movie made me really glad I don't have children!
Tilda Swinton - as always - was incredible. I wanted to slap John C Reilly's character, and sell Kevin to the gypsies.
Not an easy film to watch, but superbly done. The two kids who play Kevin (as a child, and a teenager) were excellent.
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. A tedious and drawn out misery-flick.
Very Disturbing movie, and any mother out there would question whether they were the cause or would the event have happened anyway!
Very intense, moving movie well acted . Tilda Swintom amazing and deserving of her Oscar.
I enjoyed the movie and thought that the director has done great job at portraying the difficult relationship between mother and son.
I'm not a big fan of Tilda Swinton, but she had me in this movie. They all did, all the performances are great. The mixing of the timelines is done very well. I really felt for her. You know something is going to happen. When it does, on my....
Scary and haunting movie. Also quite disturbing. If you enjoy these types of movies, well worth the watch. I had predicted the ending at the beginning of the movie though but still enjoyed it.
This is gruelling and extremely disturbing. I could not stop thinking about it........Excellent
This movie is TERRIBLE!!!
Excellent acting and strong tension. Even though it was excellent, I didn't enjoy it. I'm a psychologist, so watched it for the betrayal of the development of a psychopath, which sadly was quite accurate (not the mother's fault by the way).
Deeply unsettling, with an annoyingly discordant theme in the score. Very well performed. But seriously, I don't care if the kid was born like that - discipline the damn thing!
Great acting, but a bit too slow. Seems nothing was resolved, and that leaves me, for one, feeling frustrated when it is over. I understand that is life, but movies?
Full marks to Lynne Ramsey for daring to take this on, and also for succeeding in restructuring the story to suit film. Not often do you wish a deep film was longer, but I was left wanting more, particularly of the Eva's attempts to connect with Kevin. This film must give courage to parents finding it difficult - we could all pray for some of her heart. Seen the film? Then be sure to read the book too.
The start of the film I found very slow and hard to follow, and I almost turned it off. I'm glad I didn't as I ended up really enjoying it and I felt it was very thought provoking.
Really deep...has me thinking about it days after also. As a parent I was sympathetic towards Eva in some shots but in others I was just shouting to her "get him to respect you Eva"...
The very last scene of mother and son in prison is so deep and keeps you thinking....
I liked it and will now read the book
I liked this movie despite its bleak look at a teenager cut off from reality in many ways. I wonder if he would be diagnosed as a psychopath or sociopath, even though there were a few tender moments between him and his family. I felt sorry for everyone in this movie and yes, the mood did stick with me for a couple days afterwards.
was watchable but very slow movie
A courageous film -- in the sense that few directors and produces would take on this parental guilt theme. A powerful performance by Swinton. Three and a half stars well deserved (but not really four).
If you have read the book, you will like the movie. As with all movies from books its not exactly as the book, but overall was a great movie. Characters were as I imagined them, well chosen.
Hard to watch at times, but I was hooked. Tilda Swinton deserves all the praise for this gripping film.
An engaging DVD. The presentation by flashbacks and forwards kept the mystery going although, there is always an anticipation. The psychological twists were quite interesting because Kevin's hostility towards his mother and his warm relationship with his father is sort of reversed with his murder of his father. However, his sibling rivalry increases naturally to the extreme point of murdering his sister. His mass murdering at school indicated the degree of hostility he has towards life in general. Although Kevin's mass mudering is claimed, as stated by his mother, to be carefully planned to gain a reduced sentence due to his age, the suggestion of a more positive relationship developing with his mother could imply that she will be another of his victims on his release from prison. This psychological drama of a boy with personality disorder is quite unsettling.
I would recommend this DVD to thinkers but not to the faint hearted.
This is more about an accidental pregnancy (tomato throwing Spain), a forced marriage (with dull Franklin), post-natal depression (red, blood-shot eyes), OCD's, and a mother who doesn't want a child (see the scene where baby Kevin is crying while Eva holds him at arms length, then stands near a jackhammer to dull the crying), than about an evil child!
Kevin was made evil by the hate transferred from his pathetic mother- it swelled and burned inside him until it exploded at 15 years of age!
The tagline should read: "Anyone can make a baby, but only some can be good parents!"
Loved the subject matter but just felt they were trying too hard to be 'Arty'. The boy who played Kevin at about 7 or 8 was brilliant
A lesson in the results of the 'No Discipline' method of child rearing!
oh wow, good movie. Tilda and Ezra are brilliant. It is disturbing, but definitely worth watching. Won't be for everyone though.
Disappointing, after having read the book. Not sure what the movie is trying to do. Not scary enough to be 'horror', not intelligent enough to be 'arthouse'. Tilda Swinton, of course, is brilliant as always. Worth seeing it for her performance.
Wow. What a thought provoking and immensely disturbing movie. Though hard to watch, I felt so deeply for Eva and her difficulties with Kevin. As my husband said at the end of the movie, there's nothing good about Kevin. This movie is crafted to make you feel disturbed, and question whether anything could have been done to prevent Kevin. Well worth sticking with if you fee like turning off.
Some of the best direction and acting I've seen for a while will keep you glued to the screen - but fair warning this is a disturbing and unsettling film. I suggest you have something to watch after as you'll want to lighten the mood once the credits roll.
Definitely stick with it. As a parent, I found this movie really moving and I continued thinking about it for many days afterwards.
Falls in the genre of "Movies to slash your wrists to". Tilda Swinton is seriously typecast. Not sure what the writer of the book or the makers of this movie were trying to do.
Slow to start but wait, it's worth it. Poses a lot of questions about families and parenting. Why are we letting kids away with so much? Why are some parents afraid of their kids? Why are the kids dictating what happens in the home? We are pandering to them too much!
Anyway Tilda Swindon is great in a role requires a lot of sufferance.
They need to do more than just talk about Kevin. Indeed he is hardly talked about at all, everything just happens. Unfortunately it doesn't happen chronologically in the movie, but in a puzzle of pieces at different times that makes it all highly confusing and hard to follow, or even make much sense of at the end. Both the audience and the mother are left with the dilemma of whether it really would have made any difference had there been more talk about Kevin, especially from professional help. It's a movie that is ambitious, profound and disturbing, but way too 'arty' for its own good.
I struggled to read the book & I struggled to watch the movie. Although the storyline is good in theory, it made for a very slow & drawn out movie. Watching this movie once is enough.
I normally dont like moveis like this...thougth be interesting hubby watched 2mins walked off..i stuck with it ..i enjoyed it!!
Very gorry and quiet sad to be honest!
Very strange movie, hard to watch at first but stuck with it.
Starts off slow, with little dialog, but picks up..All actors just perfect for the plot. Just stay with it...
I have to admit I had to stop watching this film about 20 minutes before the ending. It was too disturbing. The lychee scene really nauseated me (see critic review above). My partner finished it and explained that the ending was actually less disturbing than the rest of the film had been.
I think this is the sort of film you'll still be thinking about and talking about a week later. It's a classic mind**** and despite the lack of blood and gore, it is VERY scary and VERY hard to watch in parts. It tackles a disturbing subject matter -- the mother of a sociopath wonders what she did wrong -- to horrific effect. Definitely worth checking out, if you can stomach it.
It's not often that a film surpasses the novel it is based on, but director Lynne Ramsay has turned the tables in this quite stunning version of the best selling novel of the same name. I've read the book and jokingly referred to it as "We Need To Talk About Getting A Better Editor", largely because I found it a fabulous idea weighed down with too much unnecessary guff. Ramsay strips the book back to its bare bones and combines this with an intelligent script and powerhouse performance from Tilda Swinton. Necessarily grim and unrelentingly intense, this is a film that tackles several difficult, even taboo, subjects with brutal honesty and remarkable clarity. If you don't like scary/sad/violent/there is no happy ending -type films, avoid this at all costs and hope that your copy of Burlesque is in the mail.
Wow. This movie really knocked my socks off. Incredibly well filmed, leaves you feeling gut wrenched. This is not light hearted entertainment by any stretch and definitely not one for the kids, it mucks with your mind. I felt very empty when this finished. Left me feeling sad.