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Despite a great cast, the characters in Margot at the Wedding are too unlikable to enthrall viewers. Read critic reviews

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Self-absorbed writer Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her young son arrive at her family's seaside home as surprise guests at the wedding of her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The siblings are estranged, and hope to reconcile during their weekend visit. However, all hope for a peaceful reunion disintegrates when Margot tries to convince Pauline not to marry her ne'er-do-well fiance, Malcolm (Jack Black).

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Ciarán Hinds
Dick
Hallet Feiffer
Maisy
Harris Savides
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Anne Ross
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Alan Stockhausen
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Debra Schutt
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Ann Roth
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Critic Reviews for Margot at the Wedding

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  • OK, this all sounds a bit tiresome and shop-worn... But, as well as being savage, it is also savagely droll, with several truly laugh-out-loud moments, and the performances are stunning.

    August 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 5/5
  • Doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor but it is still an often painfully accurate study of fractured family relationships.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Dramatically and visually, there's no relief to be had in this self-indulgent downer.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There is such a thing as binge pessimism. It happens when one living disaster area, considered insufficient in a story, is served up with several others, causing audience braincells to swirl, stagger and collide against thalamic lampposts.

    February 29, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Never fully coheres or convinces.

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  • Sep 05, 2015
    In its first half, it is amusing to laugh at the expense of how far these people can go in being obnoxious, but later on it appears that what Baumbach really wants is to defy us to endure a gallery of despicable characters till in the end it has become nearly insufferable to watch.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2013
    I usually like Noah Baumbach's dialogue so much that I'm able to overlook his films' meandering pace and unlikeable characters. I could not forgive this one, however, both because the dialogue isn't as consistently sharp and because the overall structure is unmercifully dull. Though Jack Black's show-stealing performance reaffirms Baumbach's ability to maximize the humor he can get out of his misanthropes, the same is not true for the anti-hero played by Nicole Kidman. She plays her role efficiently, but gives absolutely no humanity to the part as Black does, and as Jeff Daniels and Ben Stiller have in the writer/director's other, better films.
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  • Feb 18, 2011
    Nicole Kidman has fleshed out some excellent roles throughout her career in some great films, namely; "To Die For" "Dogville" and most recently "Rabbit Hole" but this is also one for her vintage collection of characters. She plays moderately successful novelist Margot Zeller who has taken her son Claude (Zane Pais) to sister Pauline's (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who's about to marry drifting artist Malcolm (Jack Black). While relations appear cordial, it becomes clear, as the wedding looms, that Margot's prime talent is for upsetting people. This quirky heartfelt drama will certainly not appeal to everyone but if you appreciate sharp writing and realistic well drawn characters, then look no further. This is a film that has quality from all angles just coursing through it. Writer/Director Noah Baumbach's attention to detail and ear for dialogue is just so sharp and natural and it's perfectly delivered by an exceptionally good cast. I normally avoid the highly irritating Jack Black but have to admit he was excellently used. His comic ability has never been used as effectively as it is here but it's the serious side to his character that is most appealing, of which he also delivers. Zane Pais is brilliant for such a young actor and I'm very surprised we haven't seen more from him recently, but the acting plaudits must go to Kidman for her fabulous depiction of a bitter and thoughtless neurotic who causes harm to everyone around her. It stands as probably my favourite performance from her so far. She is simply superb as the beating heart behind a very disfunctional family. Baumbach reminds me of a more serious Wes Anderson in his subtle yet very detailed writing and after seeing this and the class of "The Squid and The Whale", I think I've found another director to keep a very close eye on. A real treat. Next stop "Greenberg".
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    Margot played by Nicole Kidman reminds me of a girl I once dated from Boston College, I was doing a crossword puzzle and I asked her how to spell elephant, and she replied elephant e l e p h a n t elephant, that's a third grade word. My reply was good f-&^ing bye a 2nd grade word. That story pretty much sums up the overall story of Margot, a very rude bitc* who travels to her sisters wedding and finds nothing but fault with everything and everybody. The only good thing about this movie it was filmed where I grew up Eastern LI. Margot 1 1/2 stars a flashback I didnt need.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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