The Skeleton Twins (2014)


Critic Consensus: Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.


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When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. (c) Roadside Attractions

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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (40)

Despite occasional charming moments and a generally solid ensemble, The Skeleton Twins doesn't distinguish itself in any memorable way.

Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Skeleton Twins" is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better.

Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

Johnson's unfussy direction serves as a fine showcase for the two SNL veterans to demonstrate how their comic shorthand plays equally well in a slightly darker register.

Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Skeleton Twins is all the better for keeping us guessing as to its intentions, because that makes it more true to life. Sometimes you have to smile through the tears, and vice-versa.

Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine.

Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Even with performers as likable as Hader and Wiig, and characters as likable as Milo and Maggie, sympathy should be earned. Like an cocksure banker, Johnson takes our investment for granted.

Sep 25, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Family dramedy that depends on the established chemistry of its stars to deliver its message of getting on with life despite difficulties. It's interesting if flawed.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Did take a while to get into, but liked this one by the end. Good story about two troubled siblings and the mess they've made of their lives. Very well cast.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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An average, ultra-sad movie concerning a suicidal brother (Bill Hader) and his twin sister (Kristen Wiig), who grew up in a very dysfunctional household, and how they reconnect many years later after a tragedy occurs, forcing them to try to figure out where their lives went wrong. This is a simple movie and one that possesses strong dramatic tones, but ultimately it lacks the comedic punch that would have made it a better, more balanced film. The two central performances from Hader and Wiig are outstanding, and they make this thing almost watchable by themselves, but ultimately it comes across as a little too needy on an emotional level, just like the characters themselves.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Not quite what I expected, but the dramatic turns by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader are impressive. I'd like to see them do more work together in the future.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

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