Marvin's Room Reviews

March 2, 2018
Zaks knows enough not to get in the way of his three superb stars, who put on a display of emotional fireworks that is lovely to behold.
September 7, 2011
February 8, 2010
The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning.
February 8, 2010
It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.
December 26, 2006
Based on a play by Scott McPherson's who died of AIDS, it's impossible to watch the well-acted film (particularly Diane Keaton, who should get an Oscar nod) without thinking of its themees: the various approaches to love and the strength of family bonds
June 24, 2006
Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics.
May 20, 2003
Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be.
June 18, 2002
Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you've got an embarrassment of riches.
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
February 14, 2001
There is a core of substance in Marvin's Room, and persuasive acting to back it up. Which makes it a special pity that the filmmakers didn't trust viewers to have the necessary intelligence to figure that out for themselves.
January 1, 2000
Marvin's Room seems to exist primarily to road-test every one of your emotions.
January 1, 2000
What begins as an apparently simple tale of sibling interaction reveals a complex web of pain, guilt, and uncertainty.
January 1, 2000
Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much more than the expression of their problems.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Now and then, a scene will hit you in the gut, such as when Streep restyles Keaton's chemo wig. When sentiment is this honest, it's not hard to swallow.
January 1, 2000
December 20, 1996