Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 75
    The most important sequence in Late Marriage is a refreshingly frank sex scene involving Zaza and Judith. -- Watching this scene, we realize that most sex scenes in the movies play like auditions.
  2. Whether this smart, sexy and unsparing film is a hilarious comedy or a poignant drama is a matter of personal opinion — and experience. But if you've ever felt both baffled and blessed by your own family, this "Marriage" is one event you won't want to miss.
  3. So intimate and sensual and funny and psychologically self-revealing that it makes most of what passes for sex in the movies look like cheap hysterics.
  4. The acting is superb, the filmmaking is imaginative, and the story never goes quite where you expect.
  5. Powerful and very bitter comedy.
  6. Watch for the director's own mother, Lili Kosashvili, a standout as Zaza's fierce, stately mama.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    This superbly played film, directed with remarkable skill for a first-time feature filmmaker, is truly an adult drama.
  8. A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
  9. 80
    A daring and immediate debut feature for Koshashvili, Late Marriage could lead two likeminded people to opposite conclusions, and that may be its greatest strength.
  10. If you used this guy's umbilical cord for fishing line, you could land a world-record marlin.
  11. 100
    Late Marriage will assuredly rank as one of the cleverest, most deceptively amusing comedies of the year.
  12. Up and down, Late Marriage is definitely rocky, but there's never a point where we lose interest and want out -- as relationships go, that's not bad.
  13. 80
    Late Marriage is a closely observed, somewhat funny, ultimately very sad movie.
  14. 88
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
  15. 80
    Kosashvili's camera is restrained, the better to render Late Marriage superbly brash, raunchy, and confrontational.
  16. 70
    Late Marriage, though hardly dispassionate, assiduously avoids passing judgment on any of its characters, all of whom are desperately trying to bend the world into conformity with their own narratives and superstitions.
  17. 50
    Late Marriage's stiffness is unlikely to demonstrate the emotional clout to sweep U.S. viewers off their feet.
  18. 90
    The most fruitful twist in Late Marriage is that at its core lies not a snippy domestic farce but a prolonged, dirty, and wholly credible sex scene, which starts and stops and starts again, and in which argument and arousal are entwined like limbs. [27 May 2002, p.124]
  19. A stunning directing debut -- is anything but sentimental about old- country customs.
  20. A remarkable movie with an unsatisfying ending, which is just the point.
  21. 75
    Kosashvili's clear-eyed approach to the cultural tradition of arranged marriage balances respect and scorn, and he reconciles the comedy and tragedy inherent in Zaza's tug-of-love with finesse.
  22. 83
    Doesn't give off the same happy feel of the Indian arranged-marriage movie "Monsoon Wedding." Rather, it poses hard questions and leaves them unanswered.
  23. The overall execution add up to a film of beautiful, ultimately heartbreaking honesty.
  24. 88
    One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
  25. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    80
    As wrenching as it is funny.
  26. 80
    Despite its farcical moments, Late Marriage leaves an aftertaste as sobering as other recent films that critique cultural conservatives in the Middle East.

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