Picks and Pans Review: Kramer Vs. Kramer

updated 11/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (9-11:15 p.m. ET)

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep are passionately convincing as a New York advertising executive and his estranged wife locked into a bitter custody dispute over their son (played with admirable restraint by cherubic 7-year-old Justin Henry). Directed and written by Robert Benton, 1980's Best Picture Oscar winner is no turgid soap opera, but a crisply constructed series of vignettes which moves without lapsing into sentimentality. Only a wildly improbable resolution upsets an otherwise finely balanced film.

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