71. Kramer vs. Kramer - The Part-Time Critic

Monday, May 4, 2009

71. Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Directed by Robert Benton

I don't have a lot of life experience when it comes to divorce and family issues, but this film has always been my favorite on the subject. Kramer vs. Kramer is part dissection of divorce and part father-son bonding film, but it's altogether a great film. Despite my lack of familiarity with the subject, the relationship between Hoffman and Streep rings true to me and is higlighted by several standout scenes (Streep won the first of her two Oscars with this role) I don't know much else to say except that if you haven't seen it, I think its a definate must watch. Below is the trailer as well as one of my favorite scenes from the film. Enjoy!


  1. so I'm actually a little surprised to see this on here. I knew you said there was another Streep movie on here (well, two more, but Adaptation is obviously one of them :) ) I was thinking it would be Out of Africa. I thought this was going to be one of those movies that you admired but 'could live without'. I think that was partially due to your lack of 'life experience' when it comes to divorce, I guess I judged you by your lack of experience. :) I am happy to see it on here. I think it was one of the most emotionally affecting (make sense) movie viewings I have had. Amazing performances by Streep and Hoffman...she deserved that Oscar :) Great movie!

  2. I hope to see "Ordinary People" show at some point on this list...