Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Descendants Reviews

5.0

84

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    It's a precarious balance, but Payne blends wit and poignancy so artfully it feels like an exquisitely choreographed dance.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking - sharp, funny, generous, and moving.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    After a five-year wait since "Sideways," Alexander Payne has made his best film yet with The Descendants. Ostensibly a study of loss and coping with a tragic situation, this wonderfully nuanced look at a father and two daughters dealing with the imminent death of his wife and their mother turns the miraculous trick of possibly being even funnier than it is moving.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling.

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