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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 191
Fresh: 162 | Rotten: 29

Rachel Getting Married is an engrossing tale of family angst, highlighted by Anne Hathaway's powerful performance and director Jonathan Demme's return to form.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 4

Rachel Getting Married is an engrossing tale of family angst, highlighted by Anne Hathaway's powerful performance and director Jonathan Demme's return to form.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym--with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama--is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.

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Drama, Romance

Jenny Lumet

Mar 10, 2009

$12.7M

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All Critics (192) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (29) | DVD (13)

Those who surrender to Demme's disarming, almost participatory technique will find themselves overwhelmed, exhilarated and inspired by the eternal possibilities of cinema.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even Hathaway's remarkable, Oscar-worthy performance can't save it.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Rosemary Dewitt is fantastic.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Rachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
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It's a successful experiment that leaves you with a mix of hope and despair. To the lovers, best wishes. To the lonely, our sympathies.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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By the time you leave the theater, you feel like you were one of the guests. I, for one, was happy for the invitation.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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If your image of Anne Hathaway is still that of a cute ingénue, then you'll be shocked by her blistering performance as a wayward junkie emerging from rehab to attend her sister's wedding in Jonathan Demme's documentary-style family drama

September 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

It's a common tale told like we've never heard it before. It's the melodrama Robert Altman never got to make. It's wonderful.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Like a family reunion with its share of embarrassing moments, it may be worth attending all the same.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Rachel Getting Married is an extraordinary achievement.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Pulsates with life

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

Like being forced to sit through an overly long wedding video in the living room of a couple you hardly even know.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Kym crashes through her family and the weekend, careening off real and imaginary obstacles with a fierce yet still sympathetic rancor. It's the home movie you hope never to see of your life, impeccably filled with color and on-set live music and life and

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Only those who are willing to forego the many imperfections in the loosey-goosey script and Demme's improvisational style will feel the acting makes the film worth seeing.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (3)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

By the time the Ganesha cake is cut, you're left with the poodle as the only family member worthy of empathy.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The messiness that goes with genuinely flawed and complex people is what makes the film ring so true and cut so deep.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Most noteworthy for Anne Hathaway's absorbing, Oscar-nominated portrayal of a disturbed soul desperate to control the demons derailing her reality.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

It's a lovely movie, with abundant charm and no fear of suffering.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

...an alternatingly intriguing and maddening cinematic experience...

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This isn't the kind of melodrama where a happy facade is slowly torn away-the tensions are there from the start and no one has illusions that things are nice and rosy.

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

The only real surprise is that someone doesn't break into "Burning Down the House" at the rehearsal dinner.

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Jonathan Demme has struck a brilliant balance here, delivering a film that looks, sounds and feels painfully honest, while making it entertaining as well as deeply truthful.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

The screenplay is fairly standard and even has a few cracks in it, but this film does have exceptional performances. Those performances lift this film above mediocrity.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The pace never slackens, the prattle is relentless. And in the end I was moved.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian | Comment (1)
The Australian

Consegue estabelecer, através do recorte de apenas um fim-de-semana na vida de seus personagens, um retrato profundamente complexo e tocante das relações entre os integrantes de uma família marcada pela tragédia.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Those who surrender to Demme's disarming, almost participatory technique will find themselves overwhelmed, exhilarated and inspired by the eternal possibilities of cinema.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

Audience Reviews for Rachel Getting Married

Miserable, unlikable people interact with other miserable, unlikable people. How is that supposed to be entertainment? Anne Hathaway's character is one of the more loathsome leads you'll ever see in a movie.
August 16, 2014
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Jonathan Demme goes for wind-chime but ends up with car alarm. Honestly, from start to finish the film is overlong and pointless scene after another, each character being as hateful as the next and with some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard. If the intention was to show how painful it would be to spend three days at the wedding of someone you disliked immensely then it was achieved but it obviously wasn't. I'm sorry to say I saw none of the Lumet greatness in the writing, maybe if it was given to a different director but then I probably still wouldn't be interested. No excuse can be given for the poor acting, poor editing and two hour run time.
March 11, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

You'd better be in a good mood when you see this; it is very much of a downward spiral. Beautiful example of ensemble acting. The family interaction is so real you lose yourself in their dysfunctional drama. Of course the star of the show is Anne Hathaway. I'm not big on movies about addiction and recovering addicts, but Hathaway has gone so deeply into the psyche of her character that you'd think she herself had lived through the experience. Without a doubt, this is Hathaway's best performance so far. I've never seen her so fully inhabit a character. Props too to Bill Irwin, the father who cares too blindly and, guiltily, too much.
April 2, 2012
binky013

Super Reviewer

It's not that this is bad movie -- it's very very well made and the acting is excellent. Also loved the music. I guess I just couldn't relate to the "family agst" and Connecticut suburbia. Recommended, but not encouraged.
February 14, 2011
jarobb3

Super Reviewer

    1. Kym Buchman: When I was sixteen, I was babysitting my little brother. And I was, um... I had taken all these Percocet. And I was unbelievably high and I... we had driven over to the park on Lakeshore. And he was in his red socks just running around in these piles of leaves. And, um, he would bury me and I would bury him in the leaves. And he was pretending that he was a train. And so he was charging through the leaves, making tracks, and I was the caboose, and I was, um... so he kept saying, coal, caboose! Coal, caboose! And, um, we were... it was time to go and I was driving home... and... I lost control of the car. And drove off the bridge. And the car went into the lake. And I couldn't get him out of his car seat. And he drowned. And I struggle with God so much, because I can't forgive myself. And I don't really want to right now. I can live with it, but I can't forgive myself. And sometimes I don't want to believe in a God that could forgive me. But I do want to be sober. I'm alive and I'm present and there's nothing controlling me. If I hurt someone, I hurt someone. I can apologize, and they can forgive me... or not. But I can change. And I just wanted to share that and say congratulations that God makes you look up, I'm so happy for you, but if he doesn't, come here. That's all. Thank you.
    – Submitted by Sami A (19 months ago)
    1. Kym Buchman: I'm Shiva the destroyer and your harbinger of doom for this evening.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Kym Buchman: Sisterhood conquers all.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Kym Buchman: Seriously, you're so tiny, it's like you're Asian.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Rachel Buchman: Paul Buchman likes to say that 'the measure of a great life is not how well loved you are, but how well you love others.'
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
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