Rachel Getting Married Reviews

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/6
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Even Hathaway's remarkable, Oscar-worthy performance can't save it.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Rosemary Dewitt is fantastic.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2008
Rachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 18, 2008
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2008
The question before us is: When exactly did Jonathan Demme lose his sense of humor?
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 18, 2008
A minor work, but so menaced by distress that the characters take every opportunity to dance the dark away.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
October 17, 2008
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2008
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 17, 2008
It's Hathaway's extraordinary performance that is the film's brightest accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 17, 2008
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 17, 2008
[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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2008
This is an amazing movie... the best work from Mr. Demme since his classic Something Wild.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 17, 2008
Bravo to Demme, Lumet, and three extraordinary actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 16, 2008
With a powerhouse performance in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway slams shut the book on princess diaries and such with authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2008
Hollywood should make more movies like Rachel Getting Married, but with a little more humility and a proper sense of timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2008
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 9, 2008
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 9, 2008
Apart from the story, which is interesting enough, Rachel Getting Married is like the theme music for an evolving new age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 8, 2008
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 6, 2008
It's a great piece of acting -- high drama at the service of the highest talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 6, 2008
Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject -- the raw nerves of American family life with -- and draws fresh blood.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 3, 2008
A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 3, 2008
I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 3, 2008
Worth celebrating as an overdue return to form by '80s icon Jonathan Demme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 3, 2008
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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 3, 2008
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2008
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
Rachel Getting Married is a lot like life: always moving, forever unpredictable and forever getting in the way of best-laid plans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2008
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 3, 2008
Has an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 2, 2008
It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 2, 2008
At its best, this movie feels like a real experience, thanks to terrific performances and Demme's informal direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2008
Demme's finest work since The Silence of the Lambs, and a movie that tingles with life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 1, 2008
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.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
September 4, 2008
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.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2008
A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears.