User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. 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.
  2. 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 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. Collapse
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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.
  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. 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.