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The Skeleton Twins (2014)



Critic Consensus: Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.

Movie Info

When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. (c) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: R (for language, some sexuality and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson (IV)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2014
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Adriane Lenox
as Dr. Linda Essex
Sydney Lucas
as Young Maggie
Genevieve Adams
as Store Manager
Truck Hudson
as Security Officer
Cliff Moylan
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Twins

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (39)

As a dark character piece with the occasional big laugh, "The Skeleton Twins" is as much a pleasure to watch as it is to digest once its end credits roll.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

The real surprise of the film is Hader, graduating from more juvenile cinematic entries ... and giving a beautifully crafted performance that allows his knack for voice and facial expressions to shine in the stronger material

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Concrete Playground

A wonderful and brutally engrossing dramedy about family and the lasting effects of growing up in dysfunctional households.

Full Review… | December 16, 2014
Cinema Crazed

The Skeleton Twins makes for an engaging film that gets you emotionally involved, while also giving you some good laughs in the process, and for that intelligent mixture, it's a dramedy that's definitely worth seeing.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014

Wiig, Wilson and Hader all give great performances in this movie, almost enough to lift it out of the dark emotional pit at the heart of the story. It doesn't quite make it there in this comedy about a suicidal family.

Full Review… | December 9, 2014
Laramie Movie Scope

The Skeleton Twins is beautiful, infectious and painfully honest in a way that's normally reserved for someone that you shared a womb with.

Full Review… | December 5, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Twins

An average, ultra-sad movie concerning a suicidal brother (Bill Hader) and his twin sister (Kristen Wiig), who grew up in a very dysfunctional household, and how they reconnect many years later after a tragedy occurs, forcing them to try to figure out where their lives went wrong. This is a simple movie and one that possesses strong dramatic tones, but ultimately it lacks the comedic punch that would have made it a better, more balanced film. The two central performances from Hader and Wiig are outstanding, and they make this thing almost watchable by themselves, but ultimately it comes across as a little too needy on an emotional level, just like the characters themselves.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Not quite what I expected, but the dramatic turns by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader are impressive. I'd like to see them do more work together in the future.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer


A moving film dealing with heavy, dark issues. I was surprised that Wiig, Hader and Burrell all broke out of their comedy boxes so ready for drama. Sadly, this film may have been just a bridge too far even for these skillful comedians: the issues were a bit too heavy to be handled expertly by these otherwise capable stars (with the exception of Ty Burrell, who was excellent for his role). Given the unpleasant subject matter and the overreaching of the cast, I didn't find the film as compelling as many other reviewers. Still, it is a very good film -- just not on my "Best Films of 2014" list.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The Skeleton Twins Quotes

Milo: Fucking people.
– Submitted by Leslie W (8 months ago)

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