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Margaret Reviews

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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
Matt Patches
October 21, 2011
There might be a five-hour version of the movie that plays like Citizen Kane, but in its theatrical form, it's a Jackson Pollock painting minus the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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Alonso Duralde
September 29, 2011
A pretentious, talky bore that feels like an amalgamation of workshopped theater ideas thrown at the wall in the hopes that any one of them will stick.
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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
Lonergan has created a forceful yet extremely fitful film that teases with moments of brilliance only to frustrate in the end.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 30, 2011
For a 90-minute movie, "Margaret" has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
September 28, 2011
It's easy to see the years of frustration on screen in this plodding, overstuffed and fatally self-important coming of age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 3, 2011
Chaotic coming-of-age drama with teen sex, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 29, 2011
"Margaret" remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 29, 2011
"Margaret" was filmed in 2005 and has reportedly been delayed because of persistent editing problems. These do not seem to have been solved.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 7, 2011 ambitious yet hopelessly cluttered mess of epic proportions...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
This movie may be a lot of things, but finished isn't one of them.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 6, 2011
What an interesting failure "Margaret" is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2011
This is the first bad movie that has ever made me call for a sequel -- to get it all right.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 28, 2011
From start to end credits, very much an example of good work that doesn't translate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
September 28, 2011
This unwieldy drama of conscience in the wake of tragedy is hyperarticulate but rarely eloquent, full of wrenchingly acted scenes that lack credible motivation or devolve into shrill hectoring.
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Andrew O'Hehir
September 28, 2011
Rarely has a film with such a great cast and so many moments of terrific writing and such high dramatic goals been so messy and disorganized and fundamentally bad.
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