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  • Summary: Caleb Sinclaire is a bitter construction worker whose life is turned upside down one Thanksgiving weekend. Estranged from his family, Caleb lives an isolated, but contented, life. Following a difficult breakup, he becomes scornful toward women and wears his disdain as a badge of honor. Caleb's resolve is tested, however, when he meets his younger brother Peter's new girlfriend, Emma. Immediately distrustful of her, Caleb warns Peter that she will only end up hurting him. Despite his efforts to protect his brother, he finds himself drawn to Emma and surprised by his growing attraction. Caleb's unexpected feelings force him to finally confront the vulnerability he has struggled for so long to conceal. (72nd Street Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    80
    Featuring a knockout performance by Adam Scott, The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    Before it bogs down in one too many moments of cathartic reckoning, The Vicious Kind is an unpredictable, off-kilter and scabrously funny piece of work.
  3. Reveals writer-director Lee Toland Krieger as a talent worth watching.
  4. Reviewed by: Whitney Borup
    50
    At times, hard to stomach. Full of relatively good people doing horrible things to each other, the film never lets up, leaving me with a pessimistic and hopeless view of humanity.
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  1. PhilB.
    Dec 12, 2009
    10
    An amazing performance by Adam Scott. It should make him a star.
  2. Aug 14, 2011
    9
    Fantastic performance by Adam Scott - brilliant acting. Strong writing throughout despite some weak plot elements. Overall a very enjoyable dark comedy. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    8
    "The Vicious Kind" isn't anything we've already seen before, but lead actor Adam Scott is definitely the main attraction to the film, often making the film incredibly enjoyable with comic relief and somewhat true but rude comments about the women race as a whole. The film definitely accomplishes what it's set out to do, which is to show that love is hurtful, consistently. The film carries the vibe of Gosling's "Blue Valentine" and Levitt's "(500) Days of Summer", which depicts love and romance in a negative light. By the end of the film, you too will feel Scott's pain by the abrupt ending. Expand
  4. Dec 11, 2013
    8
    This movie is the representation of most of the human desires, some of which are seen as incorrect. It shows how a lie in a family can cause disruption through many years and how betrayal can be understood. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2012
    7
    The story isn't exactly interesting on paper, it's just a family scandal, but Adam Scott certainly made this movie better than the sum of its parts. The pace of 'The Vicious Kind' is near perfect allowing for the tension between caleb and emma to build up to the climax, literally! hah! Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2012
    6
    A mildly interesting tale of a dysfunctional family that in the end finds a shaky return to balance, if only though dishonesty combined with understanding and discretion. Well acted with a script that keeps a good pace, although relying on circumstances that are perhaps somewhat less than believable. A film certainly worth a bit of your time. Expand
  7. MahavirS.
    Feb 16, 2010
    4
    The acting was fine, but the plot wasn't. The mere fact that the girl [Emma] in the movie couldn't suppress her libido ruined the movie for me. Probably because I hate movies with cheating girls. Expand

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