The Skeleton Twins

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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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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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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Twins

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (21)

  • 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…
  • How can you not love something that gives Wiig so much scope?

    Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The laughs are here, but they are tempered by bruising regrets and simmering grudges in this elegant study of a sibling relationship in crisis.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • [An] entertaining, bleak comedy-drama ...

    Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A bold experiment which doesn't quite come together.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Twins

  • Apr 03, 2017
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2017
    Bill Hader shines so surprisingly in a sombre, hauntingly accurate role of a depressed and suicidal gay man and along with Wiig manages to shed any vanity and perform brilliantly in this ultra-sad, ultra-dark comedy drama. The Skeleton Twins is an independent film about suicide that is more fun than it should be and features an amazing lip-sync scene to Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now". How often can you say that about a film? Definitely worth a watch.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2015
    Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins. After an attempted suicide Milo Dean goes to stay with his sister as he attempts to sort out his problems, but he soon discovers that she's dealing will similar issues. The acting isn't bad, but the characters are drab and lifeless. And this is reflected in the look and feel of the film, which is toned down and subdued. Cold and aloof, The Skeleton Twins is a dour film that's unable to tell a compelling story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2015
    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 S Super Reviewer

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