The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), Andrea Riseborough (Possessor) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) star in this drama from writer-director Lone Scherfig (An Education) following a mother who escapes an abusive relationship, taking her sons to start anew in New York.

Clara (Kazan) and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice (Riseborough), who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ‘Winter Palace’, Clara meets Marc (Rahim), who has been given the chance to help the old eatery regain its former glory. The ‘Winter Palace’ soon becomes a place of unexpected encounters between people who are all undergoing some sort of crisis and whom fate has now brought together.

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The Kindness of Strangers / Reviews

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

It's a big-hearted picture, certainly, but one that doggedly labours its message.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The capable actors do what they can, but audiences are more likely to glaze over than share the qualities of mercy and compassion...

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Variety

Variety

Even Kazan's stalwart commitment to the material can't resolve the clash of grit and whimsy in Scherfig's schizo moral fable.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Something twee and improbable, weighted down by a dreary yet unconvincing realism.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Spends much of the time watching its motley collection of lost souls chase their own tails.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Even Home Alone 2 is far more indelible than The Kindness of Strangers.

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

These improbable characters weave through one another's lives in maddeningly coincidental, sometimes unintentionally amusing ways...

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The Times

The Times

I think they've probably hit bottom with this howler...

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Independent

Independent

A problem here is that almost all the characters are victims.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A syrupy brew thick with twee and an abundance of cringe-inducing moments pulling at heartstrings.

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