Marriage Story Reviews

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February 22, 2020
Unlike Kramer Vs. Kramer, which clearly favors Dustin Hoffman's predicament, there aren't any villains in Marriage Story (unless you count the lawyers). In Noah Baumbach's universe, both parties lose something precious.
December 6, 2019
Noah Baumbach's latest film portrays both sides of a messy divorce, for once.
December 5, 2019
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 3, 2019
The entire cast is rock solid, with Johansson and Driver turning in two of the very best performances of their careers.
December 1, 2019
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.
November 27, 2019
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 22, 2019
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 21, 2019
It's not quite as bleak as a Bergman film, although the late Swedish auteur is clearly an influence on Baumbach, as well as on Robbie Ryan's austere cinematography. But it leaves similar scorch marks upon the mind and heart.
November 20, 2019
You may find yourself crying for them occasionally; I did.
November 15, 2019
I'm not buying every chapter of this Marriage Story, but there's enough material here to warrant a look.
November 14, 2019
Noah Baumbach is the writer-director, and to watch such an incisive, deep-feeling script be given life by actors... at the top of their game is to rediscover movies as a powerful medium of personal expression.
November 14, 2019
It's a film of devastating cumulative power, even-handed and empathetic in its approach to two characters whose relationship has broken down, but who still want the best for their child and each other.
November 13, 2019
"Marriage Story" provides a case study in what has and hasn't changed when it comes to the complications of marriage, separation and parenthood.
November 13, 2019
Maybe there's nothing terribly new in "Marriage Story." But it manages to make you forget that very fact, in surprising, affecting, singular and revelatory ways.
November 13, 2019
You can feel the actors' joy in playing these long, almost theatrical scenes -- and the director's joy in seeing them take the script to a new level.
November 12, 2019
The performances at the heart and center of it, though, fill it up to the brim. The results are full and lived-in. Johansson and Driver knew what they had to do with this elemental material and its wild mood swings.
Top Critic
November 11, 2019
The divorce part fades in and out of focus while the marriage part unravels in flashbacks. Sometimes they drag on so long you can't tell the difference. Still, it's intelligent enough to like it a lot in retrospect.
November 9, 2019
Baumbach's main characters are written and acted straight as befits their personal integrity, but the rest of Marriage Story is done in a satirist's broad strokes - a penetrating, often inspired satirist.
November 8, 2019
What I keeping come back to when I think about [Marriage Story] is just how human it is. It feels really lived in. You feel like you know these characters.
November 8, 2019
"Marriage Story" is an emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple, a broken-family classic to set beside "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Fanny and Alexander..."
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