Jeff Galasso’s review:
George actually does more than being George Clooney here and is remarkably effective, in no small thanks to Shailene Woodley's amazing support. This girl is gonna be huge so long as she doesn't Lohan-it. The Descendants is razor-sharp and darkly comedic without losing the heart at the centre of it. Clooney's Matt King is perhaps too likable and seems like too great a guy, but there are certainly worse flaws a film could have. Easily one of 2011s best, though in a different way from something like The Artist.