The Descendants

The Descendants
The Descendants
  • R
  • 1h 55m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh89%
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Matt King (George Clooney) attempts to repair his relationship with his two daughters after his wife is in a boating accident off of Waikiki.
© 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.
Reviews
The New Republic
David Thomson
Fresh

The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality.

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Fresh

Payne's interest is the human drama: he's very much the director-as-novelist and The Descendants h...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Adam Woodward
Fresh

Worth the wait. Don't stay away for so long next time though, Alex.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

This sweet, sad new film from Alexander Payne holds a promise of gentleness that is fulfilled, and...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Fresh

Payne is an unobtrusive director, a filmmaker who lets the script do the walking - in this case, p...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Devastating, moving dramedy about death and forgiveness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quietly powerful George Clooney dramedy from the director of Election and Sideways careens between dark and light moments in a snap -- and some of the dark moments are really dark. Because of this heaviness and the movie's mature subject matter (death, infidelity), The Descendants is too much for younger teens and tweens, even though the cast prominently features a 10-year-old (who cusses) and her older teen sister (played by The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley). There's also a fair amount of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and some underage drinking, including one scene in which a teen girl is caught drunk.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 16, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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