Margaret Reviews

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September 26, 2014
Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.
April 27, 2012
Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece...
January 26, 2012
Messy but masterful; a sprawling portrait of what it means to be a bright young woman who's realizing that the world isn't the warm bath of acceptance that her privileged life would indicate.
January 13, 2012
Margaret comes apart at the seams as you watch it, but it gives off a lovely light. Seek it out. You can thank me later.
December 6, 2011
Haunting and thought-provoking despite flaws; an important post-9/11 movie with its own troubled mythology.
December 2, 2011
Paquin, whose squirmy style of acting I've never liked, is astounding here...
December 1, 2011
Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.
October 10, 2011
For all its awkwardness and uncertainty, the film is a city symphony, romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure...
October 7, 2011
Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless.
October 7, 2011
Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Margaret, finally released six years after it was shot, now seems destined to become part of film history as one of the more stunning examples of a filmmaker's sophomore slump.
October 7, 2011
An ambitious, novelistic, sprawling story that attempts to show a young woman's internal development while simultaneously conveying the soul of modern-day New York.
October 6, 2011
How do you assess a movie when you know it's been edited down against the filmmaker's stern will? That's the dilemma created by Margaret.
October 6, 2011
Its hard look at a young, morally confused woman struggling for clarity is nothing short of riveting.
October 6, 2011
Lonergan, who casts himself as Lisa's lukewarm father, a screenwriter, possesses a rare talent for elevating an embarrassing sequence into sadness or tragedy.
October 6, 2011
What an interesting failure "Margaret" is.
October 6, 2011
What it does have going for it is a pre-True Blood Anna Paquin, who burns up the screen with a bravura performance in a complex and discomfiting role.
October 4, 2011
On occasion, the film captures a welcome cross-section of modern New York life, serving as a freeform antidote to the intersecting-lives tidiness of similar films from the likes of Haggis and Irritu.
September 30, 2011
Despite a wrenching opening that saddles Paquin's character with more guilt than most anyone could bear, much less a less-than-steady-on-her-feet teen, the film lets some great performances and compelling moments drift in a sea of shapelessness.
September 30, 2011
I wish I could say it's a resurrected classic but, alas, it's mostly a mess -- a 2-1/2-hour mess no less.
September 30, 2011
Every bold vision requires respect; a few deserve celebration. This is one of them, imperfections and all.
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