Marriage Story

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Observing a splintering union with compassion and expansive grace, the powerfully acted Marriage Story ranks among writer-director Noah Baumbach's best works.

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A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

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Critic Reviews for Marriage Story

All Critics (369) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (349) | Rotten (20)

  • Noah Baumbach's latest film portrays both sides of a messy divorce, for once.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At its best, this movie is searing. It pinpoints many of the little talked-about aspects of divorce that seem the least significant but hurt the most.

    December 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The entire cast is rock solid, with Johansson and Driver turning in two of the very best performances of their careers.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a triumph, a mix of pleasure and pain that cuts so deep it leaves a scar. It hurts, but it hurts so good.

    December 1, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • By the end, you're rooting for both Charlie and Nicole, hoping they find their own happiness despite all the bad things and the pain they caused one another.

    November 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 24, 2020
    I realize this was nominated for awards. BUT. Whoever dreamt up this film was definitely not thinking about "entertainment." It's unnerving when the only comic relief you get in a film so brutal as this is just for one single second out of two hours of emotional bludgeoning, and it's a guy accidentally slicing his arm open. Normally I would never laugh at something like that. It really is unsettling to think that's "funny." I totally surprised myself when I laughed out loud. It's absolutely true that Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and Julie Hagerty give strong performances, and this is a strong movie. I like strong, but strong when it means unrelenting brutalizing of the audience is not for me. What this really could have used is Wally Shawn moments of pure comic relief.
    Lanning L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2020
    Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson star in the original Netflix drama Marriage Story. Contrary to the title, the film is actually about a bitter divorce; while in marriage counseling Charlie Barber is ambushed with divorce papers and has to scramble to combat his wife's high priced lawyer who's coming after everything. Driver and Johansson give good performances and are backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, and Alan Alda. Yet it gets too dark and ugly to enjoy, as the characters just get meaner and more spiteful. Marriage Story takes on some heavy subject material, and it's not pretty.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Why go down the path? No marriage, no divorce.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2020
    I don't have a kid. I've never been divorced. Or even married. Though I guess I was once a kid myself, I'm not the product of a divorced couple. I'm not even the product of a married one. Everyone I know who has gotten married or had kids did it before I met them, or stopped hanging out with me almost immediately afterward. Everyone I've ever met who got divorced either did it before I met them, or is someone I stopped hanging out with beforehand. So I don't come to the subject of Marraige Story with a wealth of experience, which means it doesn't exactly scream "relatable content" to me. Let me start where it's easiest and everyone seems to agree: The performances. Everyone in Marriage Story is pretty great, none of the characterisations changed my life, but I get it. As a chance to display what these actors are capable of in a mundane setting where all that matters is their performance, yes, absolutely, Marriage Story has buckets of success. Outside of this though... I'm not even going to say that it "fails" elsewhere, just that it didn't win me. I like bleak movies, I like movies that make me feel something, even if it's sad. But Marriage Story isn't really that. It poses you the question of whether both Charlie and Nicole are good or bad people, and shows you each from their own and other's perspective. The ending seems to imply that they're good, or at the very least both good and bad (and aren't we all?) but that really doesn't matter very much when we just spent all this time watching both of them be horrible. I know that's life, that's real, that's people, and blah bl-blah bl-blah, but that's little consolation when I've just spent two-plus hours of my life being not at all compelled by a bunch of people being awful. Being awful convincingly, to the actors' respective credits, but in this setting that is not my idea of a good time at the movies.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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