The Descendants

The Descendants

The Descendants

Comedy-drama set in Hawaii starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne (SidewaysElection) - winner of Best Film (Comedy) and Best Actor at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Land baron Matt (Clooney) is an indifferent husband and father forced to reevaluate life and face some unsettling truths after his wife suffers a coma-inducing boating accident. A personal crisis envelopes Matt, including strained relations with his two daughters and the bombshell revelation that his wife was cheating on him.

Best Film (Drama) and Actor (Drama), Golden Globes 2012. Best Actor (Clooney), Supporting Actress (Woodley) and Adapted Screenplay at the National Board of Review Awards 2011.
2011115 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Alexander Payne ('Sideways', 'About Schmidt', 'Election', 'Citizen Ruth')
Writer:
Alexander PayneNat FaxonJim Rash
Cast:
George ClooneyJudy GreerMatthew LillardShailene WoodleyBeau Bridges

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The Descendants / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

The Descendants is insistently sincere and positively sudsy.

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Variety

Variety

It's hardly noticeable you're being enlightened while entertained.

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USA Today

USA Today

Perfectly calibrated doses of comedy and tragedy.

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Total Film

Total Film

A wryly compassionate vision of human fallibility that occasionally threatens to slip off-track.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A drama of unusual nuance and maturity.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The Descendants is damn near perfect.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

We get vested in the lives of these characters. That's rare in a lot of movies.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This is Clooney's show and he is hands-down terrific.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The Descendants is something to be cherished.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Veers between the cutesy and the overly earnest.

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