• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Demme
    In Theaters:
    Sep 3, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 10, 2009
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Rachel Getting Married Reviews

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Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

Quite frankly, in Demme's insistence that the film be so Altmanesque in its realism that he loses focus of the story that matters most.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 3, 2008

[T]he film is a compelling mix of painful comedy and revelatory tragedy, but when we get to the wedding reception, director Jonathan Demme gets completely distracted by the musicians he's cast to perform in the film.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2008
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

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

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 1, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

Like the guest who's overstayed his welcome by a week, the camera simply can't take a clue when it's time to move on. Presenting Runaway Bride's sequel: 'Runaway Bridal Party.'

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3/10

February 2, 2009
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Comes across like a 2-hour wedding video done by the world's worst cameraman with a few overly dramatic moments shoehorned in to allow the cast to flex their acting muscles.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

October 3, 2008
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Demme has made two of my favorite films, Philadelphia and Melvin and Howard as well as the classic The Silence of the Lambs. In his latest movie Rachel Getting Married, the lambs never stop bleating. And they're dysfunctional.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 1, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Even Hathaway's remarkable, Oscar-worthy performance can't save it.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 7, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B-

May 1, 2009

Anne Hathaway turns up at some nice lady's wedding and rudely upstages her and the proceedings.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 23, 2009
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

The kind of film where everyone on screen is having a lot more fun than the audience.

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

October 3, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film, like the shindig, ends up dissolving in a schmaltzy brew of make-do-and-mend, complete with a sari-clad wedding accompanied by multi-ethnic music, whose PC touchy-feeliness one hopes is a joke but fears is not.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

January 23, 2009
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Although Anne Hathaway delivers a haunting performance, it's an invitation you might consider declining - until the dvd.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

October 23, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hollywood should make more movies like Rachel Getting Married, but with a little more humility and a proper sense of timing.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The question before us is: When exactly did Jonathan Demme lose his sense of humor?

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 18, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The roving camerawork becomes the instrument for thematic rambling and a confined, suffocating marital drama that sparkles with the family treasure -- Hathaway's breakout emotional magnetism.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2008
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Wandering aimlessly, it immerses the viewer in a never-ending series of song and dance, wedding toasts, and family feuds.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 2/5

January 28, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Good acting lifts the film above the din of dysfunction, but just barely.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 5/10

December 10, 2008
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Anne Hathaway is the only reason to witness the rambling Rachel Getting Married.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2008
Marcy Dermansky
About.com

A veritable orgy of family angst.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2008
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Anne Hathaway does not cut it in films that are not fables.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

September 24, 2008

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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