Margaret Reviews

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March 31, 2020
I highly recommend investing in the extended cut of this important drama. You'll be forced to wrestle with the meaning of justice...
February 19, 2020
Anna Paquin offers one of the more indelible portraits of late adolescence put on screen.
December 30, 2019
... captures the essence of New York City life (or the Upper West Side version of it, anyway) as well as any film ever has, while also portraying the difficult path to maturity of a 17-year old girl ...
February 8, 2019
Margaret has some intriguing ideas that don't often get dramatized in this fashion, and it has a fine cast bringing it to life. Still, like its young protagonist, sometimes it comes off as a bit too self-righteous and self-involved.
January 4, 2019
Let's hope [Director Kenneth] Longeran's next film doesn't take over a decade to appear -- and that he learns where his real talents lie.
August 30, 2018
So contrived and ham-handed that its successes are mostly drowned in its failures.
August 27, 2018
From its majestic slo-mo opening shots of New York City pedestrians to its devastating closing moments at the Met, "Margaret" enthralls like no other...This smart, literate urban opera is well deserving of a standing ovation.
October 2, 2017
In Margaret, everyone has her own opera.
October 7, 2015
"Margaret" not only faithfully captures a young woman's growing pains, it also serves as an emblem for our collective post-9/11 grieving process.
May 3, 2015
This movie may be a lot of things, but finished isn't one of them.
September 29, 2014
Knotty, ambitious and trading in messy human truths, it's the work of a master dramatist. Here's hoping Lonergan's next one reaches us a little faster.
September 29, 2014
A messy-yet-poignant dramatic opera about the power of regret, loss, and worst of all, being a teenager.
September 29, 2014
If two and a half hours in the company of quarrelsome, self-absorbed New Yorkers don't sound too punishing, there's much to like.
September 29, 2014
It has failings, but they're not fundamental, and if anything they speak to just how much Lonergan tried to coerce into a single story. He was aiming for ecstatic transcendence.
September 29, 2014
Lonergan's brainy script wouldn't work without Paquin, who makes Lisa a force of nature. As a walking paradox -- both controlling and completely out of control -- she's riveting.
September 29, 2014
Margaret's journey to the screen may've been rocky, but the result is a singularly compelling study of trauma. It's a raw, messily magnificent near-masterpiece.
September 29, 2014
Margaret is less about plot mechanics than about the virtuosity of the dialogue, the complexity of the characters, and the detail and depth of their untidy world.
September 29, 2014
At 150 minutes, it's way too long, with several superfluous scenes and subplots. On top of all that, moments of high melodrama and overwrought opera suggest that it has an over-inflated sense of its own importance.
September 29, 2014
Complex, ambitious, remarkably performed; Margaret is a unique film that almost didn't see the light of day.
September 29, 2014
Margaret is a frayed-nerves feat of furious articulation.
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