Steve Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie is the best advertisement for not having kids I have ever seen.
The movie focuses on the very strained relationship between Eva (a brilliant performance from Tilda Swinton) and her son Kevin and the impact that relationship has on her life and the life of her family.
The movie starts with Eva living in a run down house on her own, she isn't living her life, she is merely existing. She is trying to rebuild her life and it becomes apparant that some tragedy has befallen her. The buildup to this tragedy is then told via flashbacks.
This movie asks some hard hitting questions: how can a person snap and commit awful crimes? Could you as a parent identify something wrong in your child earlier and change things? This film stayed with me long after it had finished and I think will stay with me for a long time.
The performances in this film are superb throughout, with special mentions being given to Swinton (this is her movie without a doubt) and Ezra Miller as the teenage Kevin. His performance is outstanding, he can be warm and loving one minute, cold as ice the next. John C Reilly gives a good performance as the father, constantly being caught in the middle of his wife and son.
To say anymore will spoil the movie for those of you that haven't seen it. I would really recommend this movie, but be warned: it is not an easy watch at all, but that's what some movies should all be about, right?