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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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Despite occasional charming moments and a generally solid ensemble, The Skeleton Twins doesn't distinguish itself in any memorable way.
[An] entertaining, bleak comedy-drama ...
The Skeleton Twins is more or less worth it for fans of Wiig, and indeed Hader, another actor with a lot of untapped dramatic potential.
"The Skeleton Twins" is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better.
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.
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.
[The Skeleton Twins] piles on the tragedy, so it becomes ridiculous.
Director Craig Johnson provides plenty of humor to balance out the dark times-my favorite involves the theme song from 1987's Mannequin.
While their characters may not bring the best out of one another, Wiig and Hader do, bringing an unmistakable authenticity to siblings who trade playful teasing and vicious barbs in equal measure.
The entire cast, most of whom we know, does an incredible job going against type. All in all, it's a charming, albeit dark, story.
Some of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's finest work, held together by good supporting work from Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson and a fantastically witty script.
If nothing else, The Skeleton Twins taught me something I didn't know: I might be willing to watch Bill Hader in anything.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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