Margaret Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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.
September 26, 2014
Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.
July 9, 2013
The coming-of-age pic has a sense of deeply felt gravity.
November 14, 2012
This is an America in which nobody listens, the end always justifies the means, and it's always the other guy's fault. Blame is tricky when everyone is failing everyone.
September 27, 2012
... it should be commended for attempting to tackle something as basic - and insurmountable - as a single human emotion.
July 19, 2012
Epic and personal, challenging and strange.
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