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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great upgrade.
Kramer vs. Kramer has shown itself to have a lasting impact and quality that a lot of films don't possess. The nature of it's topic is still relevant today, and it makes for good viewing every time. I highly and heartily recommend it.

As for the upgrade to Blu-ray, it's quite impressive. The soundtrack is a little more fresh, but it's the difference in video...
Published on 10 Jan. 2010 by M. Lines

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Watch but a Little Dated Now?
This is yet another film that as a young man passed me by first time around. A film about a ‘custody battle’ was not really my kind of thing in my twenties? So, some 35 years later I decided to catch up with it.
It does look a little dated now – as one would expect. – the clothes, the décor etc. Today of course a custody battle is...
Published 19 days ago by Thespionic


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great upgrade., 10 Jan. 2010
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M. Lines "funstermarcus" (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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Kramer vs. Kramer has shown itself to have a lasting impact and quality that a lot of films don't possess. The nature of it's topic is still relevant today, and it makes for good viewing every time. I highly and heartily recommend it.

As for the upgrade to Blu-ray, it's quite impressive. The soundtrack is a little more fresh, but it's the difference in video quality that'll suck you in. The DVD version is completely watchable, but this print is absolutely pristine. There isn't a scratch or flicker in it, and it has the 'right amount' of grain for a film of it's age; it's kept the atmosphere that a lot of recent films lack. The film's mostly pale palette appears to have found a new life.

You'll notice the difference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more "kramer and son" than it is "kramer vs kramer", 30 Oct. 2011
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bizmandan (staffordshire, england) - See all my reviews
An excellent portrait of family dysfunction, I can imagine this hit a nerve with audiences for its frank take on a condition that was, unfortunately, affecting them in increasing numbers, in the late seventies: of course I am talking about divorce.

Nonetheless, it's an uneven film, not in terms of quality, but balance; the film truly belongs to Dustin Hoffman's performance of Ted Kramer, who takes centre stage as Meryl Streep's Joanna Kramer, disappears for large portions of the film. Only a few instances of Ted's short temper fuel any sort of backlash against an otherwise endearing paternal figure, while the audience is given far less cause to sympathize with Joanna, whose reasons for leaving Ted (and more importantly, her son) are never really explored.

It's the strange transfigurations of Ted's life that make Kramer vs. Kramer such an interesting study, such as when a court-ordered deadline forces him into the office of an executive, in the waning hours before the Christmas holiday, to practically beg for a job for which he is overqualified, this was probably my favourite bit of the film and it really made me smile.

While there's no reason Ted's story alone should not be the focus, the film's title suggests a war waged with equal ammunition by two wronged parties, and Kramer vs. Kramer is not such a film.

But the actors' perfect performances, and the way the script lays bare the despair and emotional warfare of an increasingly common and normalized legal process certainly makes me see why this film is considered a classic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kramer versus Kramer, 19 Feb. 2006
Fantastically thought-provoking film. Incredibly moving acting by Streep, Hoffman (as always) and by the little chap who plays the son. The court scene is an emotional rollercoaster as your alliances shift from Ted to Joanne and back again. Such a beautifully crafted film. An absolute must see. The ending will stay with you long after the film had finished. A classic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and still relevant, 9 Aug. 2002
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From the first scene the well-crafted story grips you, and throughout the movie the virtuoso acting and superior direction are dizzying. This is a powerful film which explores the personal and social consequences of a family break-down. It broke new ground at the time of the original release, focusing as it does on a careerist father left to cope with his young son after his wife deserts them. It is quite astonishing how relevant it all still seems; Hoffman's Ted Kramer starkly defines the work that ultimately has to go into fatherhood, family and friendship. The ending is surprising and provokes deep emotions that stay with you long after you've put the disc back in the box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special film, even 30+ years later, 28 Jan. 2012
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. This is the film where Robert
Benton's complex humanism really comes to full flower.

In a situation that almost demands taking sides - a sudden divorce
leading to an unprepared father taking over childcare only to be
challenged for custody when the mother returns 18 months later - Benton
manages to make everyone a complex human being, with strengths and
weaknesses, trying their best to do the right thing in a painful, messy
situation.

Hoffman, who has been brilliant so many times playing characters far
from himself is perhaps the most moving he's ever been playing a
character that director Benton described as really, honestly playing
himself - perhaps the hardest character of all. Streep takes a woman
who could have easily come off as the villain of the piece, and makes
you understand her actions - - even abandoning her little boy. Jane
Alexander is wonderful and subtle as the slowly developing friend
Hoffman makes as a single father, and young Justin Henry is utterly
real in a way few child actors are as the 7 year old stuck in the
middle. It's also beautifully, if understatedly shot by Nestor
Almendros.

It's flaws are minor. Some of the supporting roles, while played by
terrific character actors, are a bit more one note and characturish
than they need be. And some of the courtroom theatrics feel just a tiny
bit... well, theatrical. Also, there's a logic point that's always bugged
me - why doesn't Hoffman - doing quite well on Madison Avenue, hire a
part-time housekeeper or nanny to help him from becoming terminally
overloaded by the combination of career and single parenthood? Last
family politics have changed enough in 31 years that no longer would
the climactic court fight stack up quite the same way - it's no longer
a rarity for a man to want custody of his children - but that's not a
flaw in the film, just a welcome reminder that some things do get
better.

And none of the above are enough to detract from the fact that this is
storytelling and acting of the highest order.

Technical note: The US blu-ray was a nice upgrade in quality.
Hopefully that will be the same for the forthcoming UK/all
region version as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama, 9 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Kramer Vs Kramer [DVD] (DVD)
This is a oustanding piece of acting from Dustin and Meryl plus the little boy. A really moving drama with some really original scenes. Very true to life with funny and very sad moments. As it deals with a marriage break up it is something that will relate to many people and is very touching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, 30 Nov. 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Dustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer and Meryl Streep as Joanna Kramer perfrom superbly in this film which, for some, may be too near the bone.

Kramer is a career man whose work usually came before his family, reaching a point beyond which his wife, Joanna, cannot take it any more and she leaves him. Kramer's former life is shattered as he struggles to meet the demands of being a single father. The struggle is valiant but erratic until Joanna returns to demand custody of her son.

The courtroom, kitchen, bedroom and street battles begin.

Hoffman is excellent in this part, seemingly made for him; he plays the underdog so well, a strand of so many of his characters. Streep's slightly hard-bitten, long-suffering wife who demands so much in the court, disguises depths of character and feelings so well.

A highly recommeded, very moving modern classic with two superb oscar winners battling it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special film, even 30+ years later, 28 Jan. 2012
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. This is the film where Robert
Benton's complex humanism really comes to full flower.

In a situation that almost demands taking sides - a sudden divorce
leading to an unprepared father taking over childcare only to be
challenged for custody when the mother returns 18 months later - Benton
manages to make everyone a complex human being, with strengths and
weaknesses, trying their best to do the right thing in a painful, messy
situation.

Hoffman, who has been brilliant so many times playing characters far
from himself is perhaps the most moving he's ever been playing a
character that director Benton described as really, honestly playing
himself - perhaps the hardest character of all. Streep takes a woman
who could have easily come off as the villain of the piece, and makes
you understand her actions - - even abandoning her little boy. Jane
Alexander is wonderful and subtle as the slowly developing friend
Hoffman makes as a single father, and young Justin Henry is utterly
real in a way few child actors are as the 7 year old stuck in the
middle. It's also beautifully, if understatedly shot by Nestor
Almendros.

It's flaws are minor. Some of the supporting roles, while played by
terrific character actors, are a bit more one note and characturish
than they need be. And some of the courtroom theatrics feel just a tiny
bit... well, theatrical. Also, there's a logic point that's always bugged
me - why doesn't Hoffman - doing quite well on Madison Avenue, hire a
part-time housekeeper or nanny to help him from becoming terminally
overloaded by the combination of career and single parenthood? Last
family politics have changed enough in 31 years that no longer would
the climactic court fight stack up quite the same way - it's no longer
a rarity for a man to want custody of his children - but that's not a
flaw in the film, just a welcome reminder that some things do get
better.

And none of the above are enough to detract from the fact that this is
storytelling and acting of the highest order.

This blu-ray is a nice upgrade in both image and sound. The DVDs
were fine, but there is some extra depth textures that come out that do
add to the feeling of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breakthrough film for representation of family break-up, 1 July 2013
This is a claustrophobic examination of events surrounding the break-up of a family through divorce, and is possibly the first film to accurately and adequately describe the role or position of a child in the divorce. The acting of all three lead actors is a tour de force, and it is clear why Justin Henry became the youngest person ever to be nominated (at the time) for an Oscar. He was eight years old.

I saw this film at the time when my parents were getting divorced. I was about six years old, and it showed me I wasn't alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Watch but a Little Dated Now?, 9 July 2015
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This is yet another film that as a young man passed me by first time around. A film about a ‘custody battle’ was not really my kind of thing in my twenties? So, some 35 years later I decided to catch up with it.
It does look a little dated now – as one would expect. – the clothes, the décor etc. Today of course a custody battle is hardly news. The film is not long at 105 minutes and the finale in some ways leaves you guessing as to what may eventually transpire – which is always a nice way to leave a film?
Any ‘tug of love’ film is always going to be a bit mushy and full of sentimentality. But whilst it’s certainly present here, it’s not overly done as to bring on the sick bag at regular intervals! Both main protagonists do a fine job, as do the rest of the cast. An 'AA' nomination for the child - Justin Henry, was quite ridiculous - he was good but not outstandingly good.
The film won 5 AA’s, as well turning an $8 million budget into a gross taking of $65 million. I found it a reasonable film to watch considering that the content these days is rather run of the mill and hardly anything out of the ordinary? I’m glad that I’ve covered it but it won’t stay on the memory for too long.
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