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Los Angeles Times:
It's an interesting movie to look back on for its attitudes: In the guise of being a consciousness-raiser it plumps for male tenderness and demonizes the mother who can't recognize how far her workaholic ex-hubbie has come.
Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a movie to watch together -- your kids may well seek shelter under your arm, glad to know their own families enjoy more peace.
The New Republic:
Benton's direction must first be praised for his choice of actors and his collaboration with them.
New York Times:
[A] fine, witty, moving, most intelligent adaptation of Avery Corman's best-selling novel.
Kramer vs. Kramer wouldn't be half as good as it is -- half as intriguing and absorbing -- if the movie had taken sides.
Benton gives his film its depth and complexity by challenging the audience's preconceptions and snap opinions at every turn.
Kramer Vs. Kramer is a perceptive, touching, intelligent film about one of the raw sores of contemporary America, the dissolution of the family unit.