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Margaret Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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-
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
July 19, 2012
Epic and personal, challenging and strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 10, 2012
It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.
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