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Margaret Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2014
Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2012
It's a passionate, fascinating mess, like its abrasive main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 26, 2012
Messy but masterful; a sprawling portrait of what it means to be a bright young woman who's realizing that the world isn't the warm bath of acceptance that her privileged life would indicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 13, 2012
Margaret comes apart at the seams as you watch it, but it gives off a lovely light. Seek it out. You can thank me later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 10, 2011
For all its awkwardness and uncertainty, the film is a city symphony, romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure...
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2011
Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Margaret, finally released six years after it was shot, now seems destined to become part of film history as one of the more stunning examples of a filmmaker's sophomore slump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2011
An ambitious, novelistic, sprawling story that attempts to show a young woman's internal development while simultaneously conveying the soul of modern-day New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 6, 2011
How do you assess a movie when you know it's been edited down against the filmmaker's stern will? That's the dilemma created by Margaret.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 2011
Its hard look at a young, morally confused woman struggling for clarity is nothing short of riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 6, 2011
Lonergan, who casts himself as Lisa's lukewarm father, a screenwriter, possesses a rare talent for elevating an embarrassing sequence into sadness or tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 6, 2011
What an interesting failure "Margaret" is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 6, 2011
What it does have going for it is a pre-True Blood Anna Paquin, who burns up the screen with a bravura performance in a complex and discomfiting role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
October 4, 2011
On occasion, the film captures a welcome cross-section of modern New York life, serving as a freeform antidote to the intersecting-lives tidiness of similar films from the likes of Haggis and Iñárritu.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 30, 2011
Despite a wrenching opening that saddles Paquin's character with more guilt than most anyone could bear, much less a less-than-steady-on-her-feet teen, the film lets some great performances and compelling moments drift in a sea of shapelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 30, 2011
I wish I could say it's a resurrected classic but, alas, it's mostly a mess -- a 2-1/2-hour mess no less.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 30, 2011
Every bold vision requires respect; a few deserve celebration. This is one of them, imperfections and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 30, 2011
For a 90-minute movie, "Margaret" has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
Lonergan has created a forceful yet extremely fitful film that teases with moments of brilliance only to frustrate in the end.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 29, 2011
"Margaret" was filmed in 2005 and has reportedly been delayed because of persistent editing problems. These do not seem to have been solved.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 29, 2011
Lonergan didn't bite off more than he could chew with Margaret - this is his personal moral gymnasium - but he did bite off more than others might want to chew.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 29, 2011
A pretentious, talky bore that feels like an amalgamation of workshopped theater ideas thrown at the wall in the hopes that any one of them will stick.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 29, 2011
"Margaret" remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 28, 2011
Rarely has a film with such a great cast and so many moments of terrific writing and such high dramatic goals been so messy and disorganized and fundamentally bad.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2011
Lonergan's dialogue can sweep you up in a whoosh of personality and ideas, but it's hard to see what, apart from ego, convinced him that this story was so epic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 28, 2011
This unwieldy drama of conscience in the wake of tragedy is hyperarticulate but rarely eloquent, full of wrenchingly acted scenes that lack credible motivation or devolve into shrill hectoring.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 28, 2011
From start to end credits, very much an example of good work that doesn't translate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 28, 2011
Nearly every scene is acutely observed, a strong cast fully inhabiting Lonergan's symphonic collision of ideas and in tune with his ear for the harsh poetry of New York language, variously hyperbolic and sparing, engaged and self-protective.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
A distanced but often car-crash compelling portrait of a teen as an unfinished being.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2011
This is the first bad movie that has ever made me call for a sequel -- to get it all right.