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Margaret Reviews

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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 9, 2012
Margaret is an absorbing character study headlined by a wonderful performance from Anna Paquin.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Clift
June 30, 2012
Presumably Lonergan meant Margaret to be a tapestry. Instead, it's a series of incongruous threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 26, 2012
In a sterling central performance, Anna Paquin (True Blood; The Piano) is outstanding as she courses through a broad palette of hard-edged emotions in this searing post-9/11 drama about honesty and culpability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 14, 2012
Its commentary on the nature of performance and its political subtext make for an unconventional end product.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
June 10, 2012
If you wanted to see this troubled, acclaimed, mishandled movie, you had to go to New York, Los Angeles, or fly 40,000 feet above the Earth. Talk about a limited release.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
February 22, 2012
What's here is borderline camp at times, intermittently revealing a promise of brilliance perhaps left behind for good in 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2012
It's a passionate, fascinating mess, like its abrasive main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 16, 2012
It's a challenging movie, but it pays off in big ideas and stunning performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 11, 2012
Rather like Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, which also starred Matt Damon, there is certainly a good film in here trying to get out and there's a neatly-emotional ending, but it's not as consistent as [director Kenneth Longergan's] You Can Count on Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
February 3, 2012
Never has a troubled film project's off-screen drama played out so clearly in the release product.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
Ambitious, stunningly-acted, smart, and astoundingly not outstaying its welcome despite a beefy run time, Margaret is destined to become a cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
December 23, 2011
Complex and elusive, the film weaves so many utterly believable and often devastating narrative strands that you wish Lonergan had got his way and released his initial 4hr cut
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
December 10, 2011
Margaret is - or at least might have been - very much a film of its time, and that time was the mid-Noughties... now the film might easily be viewed as just another rites-of-passage indie - albeit an unusually multi-faceted one.
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
December 6, 2011
Haunting and thought-provoking despite flaws; an important post-9/11 movie with its own troubled mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 4, 2011
An intelligent, thoughtful film, the title of which comes from the "Margaret" addressed in Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child" about growing up and growing old.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
December 2, 2011
Paquin, whose squirmy style of acting I've never liked, is astounding here...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 1, 2011
Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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