Margaret

2011

Margaret (2011)

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Critic Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.

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Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.

Sep 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece...

Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 13, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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...

Oct 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless.

Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It took so many years and two lawsuits to have this film edited and released, but the final result is this bloated and self-important mess of ideas that Lonergan was incapable of putting together cohesively, and it is even worse that the protagonist is so detestable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A self-obsessed teenager of New York style privilege endeavors to correct a wrong done to an innocent, and that's just the introductory tip of the iceberg in this dense examination of modern day humanity. My first reaction was intense dislike of the main character, and thus the film(even after I realized she was meant as an example of us all), but I couldn't tear my eyes away. After we accept that we are flawed, then what? The work manages to be engaging even while wrestling with the answers. Bring your thinking cap!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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This is a movie I wanted to see for ages. I even tried to track a dvd copy down, but I could never find it at a reasonable price. My thoughts after finally getting to see it on TV? Thank goodness I never actually purchased it! Don't get me wrong, acting is good. Story is interesting, but it's sooo long, and Anna's character is a brat I couldn't stand. Spoiler....... When she starts rallying to get the bus driver sacked over the accident she caused, I knew I just couldn't with her character. She's always yelling too, just wanted to slap the little madam. Lol. So, yes, ambitious and well made little movie, but definitely not one to rewatch.(For me, anyhow).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Margaret is an excellent film. The director has tackled a gritty and challenging subject with an exquisite eye to detail. The performances by Anna Paquin and J. Smith-Cameron are superb. There are some flaws such as minor story lines that seem to have no purpose or simply vanish, but those flaws are not enough to detract from the impact of the drama. For those who are not willing to wallow in the drama and who don't relish fine performances, Margaret will undoubtedly seem slow and uninteresting. However, for those who are willing and do so relish (I watched the extended edition at more than 3 hrs.), this is an excellent film despite its minor flaws.

Christian C
Christian C

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