• 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

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

January 23, 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
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Rosemary Dewitt is fantastic.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 7, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

October 24, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

October 24, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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No doubt it was fun assembling so many close associates, but like Kym, Demme doesn't know when enough is enough for those who aren't part of the family circle.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 18, 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
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Hathaway, DeWitt, Irwin and especially Winger are working at a very high level. So is their director. His intuition regarding how to film this particular milestone event, and the stories unfolding in the margins, turned out to be just right.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Rachel Getting Married is at its best in scenes featuring Hathaway's mercurial character. It's a triumphant and darkly nuanced role for her and a departure from the more lighthearted comedic performances she has given.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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A minor work, but so menaced by distress that the characters take every opportunity to dance the dark away.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 18, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A filmmaker for nearly 35 years, [Demme] has both the experience and the temperament to be a hang-loose perfectionist with this kind of off-the-cuff yet pointed material.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Rachel Getting Married has the sense to recognize that it only takes one lunatic to throw a family gathering out of kilter; this is not an exercise in competitive crazy like last year's irritating Margot at the Wedding.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

October 17, 2008
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The film is Demme-esque, harking back to the darkness and emotional complexity of The Silence of the Lambs and the madcap energy of Something Wild.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 17, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's Hathaway's extraordinary performance that is the film's brightest accomplishment.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Rachel Getting Married is a portrait of a family reeling with pain and resentment -- and rising to the challenge of dealing with it head-on.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 17, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[Demme] brings a hand-held non-fiction sensibility that transforms what might have been yet another train-wreck bridal melodrama... into an abrasive but impossibly moving document of loss.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 17, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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This is an amazing movie... the best work from Mr. Demme since his classic Something Wild.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

October 17, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bravo to Demme, Lumet, and three extraordinary actresses.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 17, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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With a powerhouse performance in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway slams shut the book on princess diaries and such with authority.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 16, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This emotionally wrenching drama is an actors' showcase, a primer on quick-and-dirty filmmaking that nonetheless looks beautiful, and a welcome-to-the-big-leagues party for Anne Hathaway.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 10, 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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet have given us an epic rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception that's half-cabaret, half group-therapy session, and completely multiracial, multicultural, and multisensory.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Alternately funny and gripping, this feature marks a welcome return to original drama for director Jonathan Demme, who's spent the last decade preoccupied with documentaries, concert movies, and remakes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 10, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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For all the familiar terrain it plows -- dysfunctional clan comes unglued, regroups -- the movie is not without its sly rewards, one of which is Anne Hathaway.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 9, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Apart from the story, which is interesting enough, Rachel Getting Married is like the theme music for an evolving new age.

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

October 9, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I hope that Rachel Getting Married is enough of a hit to sustain [Demme's] career of cinematic good works. And I hope also that Ms. Winger gets a long overdue Oscar for best supporting actress, as she is that without a doubt.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 8, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a great piece of acting -- high drama at the service of the highest talent.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

October 6, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject -- the raw nerves of American family life with -- and draws fresh blood.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 6, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

October 3, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 3, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Worth celebrating as an overdue return to form by '80s icon Jonathan Demme.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Rachel Getting Married, [Demme's] newest feature, is a return to the low-budget, low-stress roots of Citizens Band and Melvin and Howard.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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With Rachel Getting Married, Demme has once again scaled back, making a picture that has some of the ease and warmth of his earlier movies.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 3, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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All this music and movement lends the movie a shaggy, Altman-esque texture, a sense that its scope is wider than any one character's story.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 3, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The script was written by Jenny Lumet in a loose, graceful style that allows the story to flow -- or sometimes ramble -- freely, and gives the actors all the room they need to invent and discover as they go along.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 3, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Rachel Getting Married is a lot like life: always moving, forever unpredictable and forever getting in the way of best-laid plans.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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There is jagged pain, but joy too; there is love and simmering hatred, laughter and anger, feelings stripped bare and buoyed up. All these opposites compellingly co-exist in Rachel Getting Married.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

October 3, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Demme calls Rachel Getting Married a "home movie." A home run is more like it, going deep into the joy and pain of being human.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Has an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

October 2, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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At its best, this movie feels like a real experience, thanks to terrific performances and Demme's informal direction.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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At times, the movie gets bogged down in minutia but the emotions evoked and captured are as honest and brutal as one is likely to find on film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Demme's finest work since The Silence of the Lambs, and a movie that tingles with life.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 1, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The movie registers as a restoration of the richly humane, pre-indie ensemble drama that Demme and Woody Allen defined in the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

October 1, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Acted and written with enormous style but with front and back doors open to experiment and surprise, it's a film that challenges you to keep a jogger's pace to keep up with it, then leaves you breathless.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 1, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Brimming with energy, elan and the unpredictability of his Something Wild, Jonathan Demme's triumphant Rachel Getting Married may just lay the wedding film to rest, being such a hard act to follow.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 4, 2008
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears.

September 4, 2008
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