Box Office - 01/28/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is a crowd-pleasing, feel-good comedy for an era in which the very definition of 'family' is fluid and in flux."
Rolling Stone - 07/08/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Cholodenko keeps it raw and touching humane....It's irresistible."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/09/2010
"Guided by an outstanding script, everyone is able to go deep into her or his character. Particular huzzahs are due Bening for the precision she brings to the brusque yet emotionally expressive Nic." -- Grade: A
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/07/2010
"Moore and Bening are superb actors here, evoking a marriage of more than 20 years, and all of its shadings and secrets, idealism and compromise....The film gives them convincing, intelligent dialogue..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/08/2010 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is an ode to the virtues of family....[W]ith peerless performances, lyrical direction and an adventurous script..."
Wall Street Journal - 07/09/2010
"[A] thrillingly funny and casually profound film....The film plays fair with love in its myriad forms..."
A.V. Club - 07/08/2010
"Cholodenko's casually observant style perfectly matches the cast's thoughtful work..." -- Grade: A-
Washington Post - 07/16/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "[The film] captures the drama of growth and separation in all its exhilaration and heartache....Just about everyone who has a parent, child or partner will find resonance in its bittersweet depiction of the joys and trials of lifelong intimacy."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2010
"A rare instance of a comedy that's both intelligent and sexy....The film has a loose-limbed naturalism."
Total Film - 10/11/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] funny, moving and insightful study of bittersweet family dynamics, which shines with a truthfulness that transcends the demographic or sexual orientation of the audience."
Empire - 10/29/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a keenly observed portrait of a marriage put to the test, and of human behavior in the face of change or threat....A witty, warm exploration of family life..."
Premiere - 11/16/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A smart and thoughtful movie....Director Lisa Cholodenko does a masterful job ramming headfirst into uncomfortable issues and zeroing in on humanity."
Rolling Stone - 12/24/2010 Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "[A] raw, funny and humane family drama."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/16/2010
Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "In a comedy with some deeper colors, the film is an affirmation of family values."
The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch.