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Margaret Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
This movie may be a lot of things, but finished isn't one of them.
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
September 29, 2014
A messy-yet-poignant dramatic opera about the power of regret, loss, and worst of all, being a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Neil Smith
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Craig Mathieson
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Susan G. Cole
NOW Toronto
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicholas Barber
Independent (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2014
Complex, ambitious, remarkably performed; Margaret is a unique film that almost didn't see the light of day.
Ray Pride
September 29, 2014
Margaret is a frayed-nerves feat of furious articulation.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2014
Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 9, 2013
The coming-of-age pic has a sense of deeply felt gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Margaret is a pointless coming-of-age drama starring Anna Paquin that tediously meanders on for two and half hours before ending with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
... it should be commended for attempting to tackle something as basic - and insurmountable - as a single human emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 19, 2012
Epic and personal, challenging and strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leonard Maltin
July 10, 2012
It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.
Harvey S. Karten
July 9, 2012
An epic drama whose significance is symbolized by citations from Shakespeare and the operatic world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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