Kids Are All Right Does Everything Right
It's funny and moving, with genuine insight on family values
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2010 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's near impossible to find a critic with anything bad to say about The Kids Are All Right, hailed as a pitch-perfect comedy/drama with real insight into the meaning of family. Some fawning reactions to the film, which follows a lesbian couple, their two teens, and their newly surfaced sperm donor/biological dad:

  • Dana Stevens, Slate: "The movie we've been waiting for all year: a comedy that doesn't take cheap shots, a drama that doesn't manipulate, a movie of ideas that doesn't preach. It's a rich, layered, juicy film, with quiet revelations punctuated by big laughs."

  • Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: "Fierce, funny, smart and overflowing with love," with performances of "layered perfection" by Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.
  • J. Hoberman, Village Voice: "Ten years into the 21st century, it's a heartfelt poster for family values. Everything new is old again."
  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: It's "wonderful. Here is a film that respects and enjoys all of its characters, the give-and-take and recklessness and wisdom of any functioning family unit, conventional or un-."