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AICN debuts a great new poster for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with little exclusive debut for a really rad poster.

We Need To Talk About Kevin is getting a lot of awards heat due to the leading performance by Tilda Swinton as the mother of a kid that just seemed to be born bad. Think of it like an arty Bad Seed and you're on the right track.

I much prefer this poster to the others, what make it look more like a thriller. This one fully embraces the horror aspect to the movie and while little Kevin never actual sprouts horns in the film there's no denying he's a little demon asshole.

So, enjoy the poster and click for the mega-sized version.



-Eric Vespe
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  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks that the title sounds...

    by DerLanghaarige some Judd Apatow comedy about a 40 something dude, who refuses to move out of his mother's house?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    That's really cool

    by CherryValance

    assuming you've seen the movie. I don't know that it's not spoilery. (Spoilers) I thought he was evil from the beginning but a lot of people thought her awkward parenting skills did it. I think that poster's definitely on my side. :) He was awful. I wanted to go into the movie and kill him for her.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Ryan Dawson

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    I want to see this film.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    This film's distributors really mucked this up

    by Ryan Dawson

    I and pretty much everyone I know wants to see this movie and it's reached a high level of exposure, yet where the fuck is the movie playing? Hey assholes, people like to see good movies other than in NY and LA.

  • It looks a lot like a poster for... was it "Audrey Rose"? I don't know... something they modeled the font after. they even aged the edges. Maybe its a paperback cover I'm thinking of.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    One of my absolute favorite movies of the year.

    by fustfick

    I was totally blown away by WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Going in, I kind of braced myself for a dreary melodrama...instead I found a really lively, often funny, beautiful horror film. Tilda Swinton gives my favorite performance of the year. And this one sheet is great.

  • And it starred Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep and their kid did something horrible?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Guess I'll give the movie another shot...

    by Flip63Hole

    Only made it an hour in when I walked out. Absolutely nothing happened, no character development, nothing. Haven't had much luck at all with this director's movies. Wondering if he/she works with screenplays at all...

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Shitty Book

    by TheRevenge

    I won't see the movie because the book was a piece of pretentious shit. My wife agreed. We both tried to slog through it after hearing it was great. It's not. It's far-fetched horeshit melodrama brought to us by a pretentious author who writes terrible characters. Go to amazon and read the reviews. It gets as many hateful reviews as positive ones. The movie might be good...but the book was awful. SPOILER ALERT: The kid is a "School Shooter". That's how the book is sold. A mother talking about her kid who shoots others at school. He does it (pretentious horseshit alert) A BOW AND ARROW. Yes, the kid lines people up and shoots them with a bow and arrow. So, assuming that people actually die when shot with a bow and arrow, you have to believe that people would allow themselves to be lined up and executed by a teenager who is carrying a weapon from the 1800s. No one stops the kid with the handgun, sure. But the kid with the bow and arrow?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Is it as good as Problem Child?

    by JethroBodine

    or Problem Child Part 2 or Problem Child Part 3?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

    This stupid talkback just ate my entire post?

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ahh there it is...

    by JethroBodine

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I just can't take John C. Reilly seriously

    by sunwukong86

    I know he's done dramatic roles before but I was introduced to him through his Will Farrell movies.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    When I look at that poster makes me think it could be a comedy.

    by moonlightdrive

  • and whether the son and/or the mother was to blame for whatever occurs in the movie. This poster completely takes that away and now I am not as interested.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Movie was Ok...SPOILER

    by Isaac R.

    The scene at the end when the evil little fuck was worried about entering an adult prison had me rolling.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Love it!

    by Tank Williams

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Rosemary's baby meets Inkeeper poster

    by Tank Williams

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by I Hope You Die

    I don't even get the stuff about being "born bad." She was a terrible mother. This is totally a movie about an incredibly selfish, self-absorbed woman who possesses nothing but raw hatred for her son driving him to extremes. Seriously, if that was supposed to be a movie about innate evil, then society is utterly screwed.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    This movie is way too good

    by master_of_realty

    to be discussed on this site. Everyone please stop and get back to talking about lightsaber dicks or whatever.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I kept confusing this movie

    by JorEl214

    for the one with Paul Rudd where he has like 4 sisters and he's a stoner.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    we need to talk about where the toy article was disappeared to


  • Jan. 18, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I didn't enjoy watching this movie at all.... however....

    by nightvip

    ... I rated this film as my second best in 2011. It is an incredible piece of filmaking. Tilda is phenomenal as the mother and deservers all the awards buzz she is currently getting. However I don't know how anyone can enjoy this film... however I also don't know how anyone can't respect it and see it for the stunning piece of art that it is. Highly recommended... maybe not so much for expectant mothers though...

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Worst performance of the decade

    by proevad

    The 8 year old in this thing makes Jake Lloyd look like Laurence Olivier.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    ...and no chemistry at all between Swinton and Reilly

    by proevad

    Really awkward when they are on screen together. Didn't buy it at all. Worst casting in a movie for me in a long, long time. Stuff like that usually doesn't stick out--but it really does here.

  • yep

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I fuckin' proper want to see this movie...

    by ChickenStu

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    If you haven't seen it yet, make an effort to do so...

    by Isaac R.

    It IS a decent movie for what it is. Tilda Swinton(sp?) is DAMN GOOD here. As is the actor who played Satan.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    We REALLY need a sarcasm font.

    by Isaac R.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I need to swede a We Need to Talk about Massawyrm movie.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • It's sooooo dull and its shot worse than most student movies. <P> Plus the kid looks barely strong enough to string the bow let alone shoot it right. <P> All around a pathetic attempt to be edgy and get attention. <P> This movie is only shocking to old people and assholes.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Agree with nightvip

    by honavery

    Really difficult to sit through, but superb.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Lousy font and the book isn't good

    by I am_NOTREAL

    It's an epistolary novel, but all of the letters are written in a way that no real person would ever write. It felt like the writer was determined to impress with her vocabulary, rather than creating a credible character. The lead character who writes all of the letters is supposed to be a writer of travel guides, but at one point she drops this beauty: "I was waiting for my ambivalence to evanesce." She was waiting for her ambivalence to evanesce?!? WTF?? Really? That's shitty writing, friends. I don't care how many prizes you win.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Easily one of the worst films of the year

    by Paul Macadom

    The Kevin character is ludicrously one-note - how anyone can even entertain the notion that this film engages in the "nature vs nurture" debate is beyond me. Sure, she wasn't a perfect mother, but he was pure evil from the moment of conception, end of story. The character is not developed, he has no nuance, and the three performances are absolutely dreadful (I'd shortlist Ezra Miller for the Razzie - he is laughably bad). Funnily enough, The Omen dealt with very similar subject matter - but Damien is about ten times more plausible than this kid (yes, Kevin is _that_ absurd a character) As someone mentioned, the John C. Reilly is also completely ludicrous (how many hamsters does this kid need to chuck down the garbage disposal before daddy catches on that something's not quite right?). I also didn't buy for a second that they were husband and wife, such bizarre casting. Sadly, there's a pretty great movie buried in here. The story of the aftermath is far more interesting than the hackneyed and contrived Kevin story. Why does everyone blame her? It's an interesting set up that just isn't explored at all. For my money, the film would have been much stronger if Kevin was never seen, only discussed. And bows and arrows? Give me a fucking break. If it wasn't for Beginners and Sleeping Beauty, this would get my vote for the most inept piece of shit student film of the year. Oh and that poster sucks, doesn't tie in with the film at all.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Makes it look like a horror film.

    by BigTuna

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Superb cinema of the highest quality...

    by workshed

    ...sorry but Lynne Ramsey is one nifty mover. See it..! Possibly my favourite movie of 2011 and I'm including Tinker Tailor in that.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    That is Sick! (and very cool!)

    by Zardoz

    Nice image. This is what I really miss about old cinema: cool posters! Most posters today suck! Unless they're by Mondo or foreign or fan-made. Definitely a Rosemary's Baby vibe. Sweet!

  • Kudos...and while I probably enjoyed it more than you, I agree with everything you said. 100%.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by CT1

    Cool! Another John C. Reilly hit!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I was waiting for my ambivalence to evanesce.

    by gotilk

    TOTALLY realistic thing to say. Are you kidding? That's brilliant! I was just saying that to my friend the other day right after I farted and didn't care. Turns out it took this particular fart a long time to fully evanesce, much longer than my ambivalence. There's always a chance it was a typo and she was waiting for an ambulance to Evanston. Hey. Could be.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Had no idea this was a horror movie

    by BenBraddock

    But then I only found out "The Artist" is a silent movie, so my credibility is well and truly shot.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    benbraddock it's really not a horror movie...

    by Mel

    It has the structure of a thriller, but without any thrills. Imagine if movies like Single White Female, Basic Instinct, or Fatal Attraction were family dramas and not about crazy bitches until the very, very end. That's pretty much what this movie is.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    We Need To Talk about Tilda Swinton's Ambiguous Sex

    by Mel

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Don't let anyone put you off seeing this movie...

    by workshed

    ...and the comment regarding the 8yr old kid making 'Jake Lloyd look like Laurence Olivier' is utterly ridiculous. Ramsey got one of the best performances out of a child that I've seen in recent years. Eeee-vil.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    This DOES look like a comedy.

    by Mugato5150

    A fetus with horns and a tail? Really? You're going with that?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    But then again I LOVED Anti-Christ, so...ya know...theres that.

    by Isaac R.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    Yeah, and I'm sure you're on record defending Transformers and the Star Wars prequels as well made films, so go suck a cock. The kid was terrible.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Does the kid really take out a bunch of people with a bow?

    by phifty2

    Is it all Rambo style where he's hidden behind walls of mud? Are there any exploding tips or boxing glove arrows??

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    i am_notreal

    by phifty2

    Yeah I read some preview pages on Amazon. Holy shit! No one in the world would write like that. Especially in a letter to someone.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    Nice to know that a smart ass little kid who smears his poo on walls is what scares you--and what you consider eeevil. Oooooooo. Shiver me timbers. Watch out Damian. New playa in da houze.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Watched this last week

    by alexander

    Strikes me that the film is really more about a study of Tilda Swintons character than anyone else, and she was absolutely amazing. Whether the ambiguity of any reason behind Kevins actions makes this a stronger film and character study or takes away by providing any real insight other than a cold and caustic relative nature between the two, I'm just not sure after one viewing.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by flax

    Nope. He whips out a bow and arrows in the middle of a gym hall and starts firing away. We don't see any of his victims, so it's not clear whether he lined them up first or caught them by surprise. To be fair, he did padlock the doors first so they couldn't escape.

  • If you wanted to know how all those comicbook villains would start out in life then this is the movie to watch absorb and reflect on. Seeing Kevin in jail, he was waiting for a challenge. He was waiting for a Nemesis to motivate him to become his true self.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    We're Only Making Plans For Nigel.

    by Nerfee

    I can't not look at Tilda Swinton. She's weirdly arresting.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Baby, he was Born This Way?

    by Vince Ricardo

    That poster is great ... if they were looking for the "70s paperback novel about a comedy" look. Hadn't heard of this film, but from the talkback I can see that comedy isn't exactly the main theme. Now that I know the main theme of this flick, I think the poster is disturbingly awful.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Bow and Arrow

    by TheRevenge

    Ooooh, how terrifying. A child whips out a bow and arrow. That's the "School Shooting". Um...sure. Padlocked doors or not....would you run screaming, terrified, of a kid with a bow and arrow. How fast can that kid reload a bow? NO ONE could rush the kid and tackle that little fucker? NO ONE would be able to run up in the time it takes him to oh-so-cooly reload a FUCKING BOW AND ARROW? Puh-lease. It's 2011 and Robin Hood terrifies a school. Laughable. Yeah, they have great actors. Yeah, it's probably great performances. But the story itself is shite. Go to amazon and read a bit of the book for free. Some of the most pretentious claptrap ever written. And, yes, it's supposed to be LETTERS. No one SPEAKS that way, let alone writes letters that way. Seriously....go read it. Go look at it now. It's laughable, and yet pretentious people everywhere (and especially pseudo-intellectual hipsters) love the fuck out of the shitty book. But I'm sure it's a fine movie. Ugh.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    ^ @ therevenge

    by grendel69

    Revenge, go to youtube and check out some of the speed archers on there. Some of them are pretty fast. The film also makes it clear that Kevin was standing on top of bleachers, where he couldnt be reached by classmates. He stood on top and picked them off. Tthe film also shows Kevin has a natural talent with the bow and is a expert shot. Im 6'2 250 pounds. Ive boxed... and can really say Im not afraid of anybody - but I would not like the idea of having to climb up closed bleachers to try to take down a guy whos standing on top firing arrows at me. Youre talking about high school kids, who would shit themselves, and huddle in the corner. He could just pick them off.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    This is actually the Green Arrow origin story. Before he turned good, grew a van dyke, and became Mayor.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    by TheRevenge

    Oh, I'm fully aware of the stupid lengths the film had to go to in order to excuse the bullshit writing and plot device of the pretentious book. Oh, this kid just HAPPENED to set up this amazing school shooting with a bow and arrow, where he could hide and blah blah blah. And he's a natural, too! And all the odds were in his favour...! Because he's EEEEVIL!!! I'm fully aware of how archery works. I've done it. With a compound bow, a recurve, and even a friggin' crossbow. That's why I know it's bullshit that a teenaged kid could load/re-load a bow and pick off his classmates...."natural talent" or not. It's a very, very stupid plot device. Thanks to a horribly pompous author. And this was a kid we're talking about; not a "Speed Archer". Just because something is explained away in a script does not make it somehow less than stupid. "Have the protocol droid's memory wiped" explains a lot, too. Doesn't mean it's not stupid and a contrived plot device. Much like amazing archer teen-boy who hides in the bleachers and stealthily picks off classmates (and teachers) like Rambo. Puh-lease. It's rare that I loathe books. I loathed this one. Can you tell? It's awful. My wife and I still laugh when the friend who recommended it to us gushes over it.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks Phifty2

    by TheRevenge

    Nice one!

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    It drives me INSANE when movies are this incomplete...

    by SK229

    and lacking in comprehension of basic human emotion and psychology and then get showered with recognition by the "intelligentsia". In the case of this movie, the casting of Reilly, the fact that the kid is insane to begin with so the debate is over before it starts, and the ridiculously contrived hipster ending (because when transplanted Brooklynites want to 'rough it', they grow a beard, wear flannels, and kill things with a bow and arrow... this movie will likely have the unintended side effect of creating a shit load of new "now why didn't we think of that?!" archery ranges in hipster enclaves)... the indie and film festival world is the biggest bunch of pretentious bullshit where up is down and left is right and the only reason the movie sucks isn't because the person making it didn't really give enough of a shit to have some kind of devotion to craft, but because 'you just don't get it'. It literally is like there's a large group of fucking insane pod people running around who lack some basic ingredient in their brain that allows one to reason out why a piece of art or entertainment works or does not and so whether or not they like something relies only on whether or not it ticks enough of what they've been told are the right boxes to be considered 'good' to the group they want to be a part of.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Thanks. And it actually falls into continuity with the Supermax Green Arrow movie they were going to do. Now you know how he got to the jail.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I cant wait to see this.

    by Larry Darling

    Looks great!