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Margot at the Wedding Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 28, 2008
Baumbach's interest in families - a distinct Baumbachian sort of family - is acute and his observations often painful and delivered with a dry wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 14, 2007
Kidman's performance keeps you transfixed all the way through, because she delves into her character's damaged psyche so fully, you're constantly fascinated to see what biting, acidic thing she will say next.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2007
Apart from John Turturro in a cameo, all the characters are monsters and/or basket cases.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 13, 2007
There isn't a pleasant, wholly likable character in the cast. But you can't avert your eyes from it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 7, 2007
Writer-director Noah Baumbach solidifies his standing as the modern bard of American dysfunctional families with Margot at the Wedding, but at the same time he's recycling material he's already covered, and covered more exquisitely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 24, 2007
There's no question Baumbach has a way with words and actors (Kidman, Leigh and Jack Black are terrific).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 23, 2007
These characters don't seem illuminating at all -- just damned annoying and, ultimately, dead boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2007
Margot at the Wedding is Noah Baumbach's best yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 21, 2007
Essentially, it's 90 minutes spent in the company of some excruciatingly unpleasant personalities, and dimly lit ones at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2007
There is a rawness to the characterization in this lacerating film that pushes family drama right to the edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
The characters are into emotional laceration for fun. They are verbal, articulate, self-absorbed, selfish, egotistical, cold and fascinating. They've never felt an emotion they couldn't laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2007
Margot at the Wedding is a broader work than Baumbach's last movie, and it's funnier, too, even as you gasp at the misbehavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2007
Baumbach's achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2007
If you enjoy seeing people at their passive-aggressive worst, the verbal sword fights between the sisters will tickle your black heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2007
The defining metaphor of Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's dysfunctional-family seriocomedy, is a battle-scarred Volvo with faulty brakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2007
Margot at the Wedding is an excellent film that few people will see, and even fewer will like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 19, 2007
It just becomes dreary and repetitive.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 16, 2007
Baumbach's closely observed tale of dysfunctional family relationships has the microscopic texture of a New Yorker short story and the darting, spontaneous style of a French New Wave movie.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2007
In its sharp characters and unexpected moods, Margot at the Wedding is something like a small gift for audiences.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 16, 2007
I've had root canals that were more enjoyable than Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's hugely pretentious, ugly and annoying follow-up to The Squid and the Whale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 16, 2007
Margot has no sense of balance, or nuance, or even mitigating psychological weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 16, 2007
When it comes to emotional violence, Margot at the Wedding is hard to beat.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2007
A parade of uninteresting characters cruelly betraying one another without motivation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 15, 2007
It's bad enough that the movie is about uninteresting people's problems. What's worse is that it's about snobs, and Baumbach buys into their snobbery.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 15, 2007
Margot At The Wedding counts as a bracing, even disturbing experience. Baumbach doesn't seem to care whether people like his characters; he merely wants them to be seen for who they are, warts and all.
| Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 15, 2007
Margot at the Wedding is obviously a movie made by smart and talented people but sometimes you can outsmart yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 15, 2007
Along with its genteel rage and sour whimsy, the ultimate grace of Margot at the Wedding is to make its onlookers feel that, no matter how dysfunctional their families are, there are those who have it much worse.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 15, 2007
It's too bad Baumbach's movie is already shot, edited, and up there on the screen, because after a few rounds with a red pencil, it could really have been something worth watching.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 15, 2007
It's the people, not the plot, driving this comedy of appalling manners. And Baumbach, with acute intelligence and annihilating wit, writes people with flaws we can (if we're honest) recognize as our own.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 14, 2007
As the ambivalent title guest in Noah Baumbach's pleasurably painful domestic drama Margot at the Wedding, Nicole Kidman is so unlikable as to be spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 14, 2007
Only an actress of Ms. Kidman's stature, talent and proven magnetism could make her mercurial character bearable and watchable for the full 91 minutes of the film, in which she is in almost every scene.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 14, 2007
Unfortunately, Baumbach's follow-up to The Squid and the Whale, the pretentious and talky Margot at the Wedding, is more likely to contract than expand his appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
November 13, 2007
This blast of homecoming claustrophobia is being released for the holidays, when it may prove therapeutic. Bring the family. Or better yet, leave them.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 12, 2007
Margot is sensually as well as dramatically impoverished.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 12, 2007
See the movie if you like emotional car wrecks and people who can't hold their mud.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 1, 2007
Margot at the Wedding provides ample evidence of just how low Noah Baumbach has sunk.
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
September 18, 2007
Baumbach knows exactly what he's doing, and it works.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
Noah Baumbach takes on sibling rivalry in this audacious, brilliantly performed dysfunctional tragicomedy.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 4, 2007
Margot at the Wedding is a circus of family neuroses and bad behavior that perhaps a therapist could make sense of better than Noah Baumbach can.