• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jerry Zaks
    In Theaters:
    Dec 20, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 15, 2002
  • Miramax Films


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Marvin's Room Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Great work from Dicaprio, De Niro, and especially Streep certainly make the film watchable, but it still can't save it from feeling like a TV movie of the week. If you're a fan of melodrama... and over 60, then you'll find much to like.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Keaton is given a rare opportunity here to remind us that she's not simply a fine comedienne, and she's marvelous.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2010


At times attractive, at other times dull.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 8, 2010
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 8, 2010
Eric Brace
Washington Post
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It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 8, 2010
Emanuel Levy
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Based on a play by Scott McPherson's who died of AIDS, it's impossible to watch the well-acted film (particularly Diane Keaton, who should get an Oscar nod) without thinking of its themees: the various approaches to love and the strength of family bonds

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: B-

December 26, 2006
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Its an actor's/writer's movie, but, oh, what acting and writing

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Slow, depressing family drama finely acted

| Original Score: 3/5

October 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Zany and emotionally-affecting story about death, aging parents, reconciliation, and the healing power of selfless love.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 12, 2003
Christopher Null

Family angst and reconciliation... bleargh.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 26, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World

A solid, if somewhat stiff, adaptation of a terrific play.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Its strength comes from vibrant, close-to-the bone acting, particularly by Diane Keaton in her Oscar-nominated role.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you've got an embarrassment of riches.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

A It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The main strength of this film is not its message, but rather its rich characterizations.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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There is a core of substance in Marvin's Room, and persuasive acting to back it up. Which makes it a special pity that the filmmakers didn't trust viewers to have the necessary intelligence to figure that out for themselves.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2001
Carlo Cavagna

A terminal illness movie that doesn't beat you over the head with overwrought sentimentality

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much more than the expression of their problems.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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