Margaret

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 26, 2012
    100
    Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece that refuses to follow the strictures of conventional cinematic structure, instead leading the audience on a circuitous journey down the myriad rabbit holes that comprise modern-day Manhattan.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 27, 2011
    100
    And though not all of Lonergan's conceits work on a scene-by-scene basis (an upper-crust womanizer played by Jean Reno skews a bit too close to caricature), the film has a cumulative power-solidified by a devastating opera-house finale-that's staggering. This is frayed-edges filmmaking at its finest.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 13, 2012
    88
    Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 6, 2011
    88
    Who knows what movie Lonergan was searching for in all that footage? But what emerges from the tinkering and legal skirmishes is an occasional marvel, a kind of everyday highbrow social X-ray, Paul Mazursky by way of Krzysztof Kieslowski.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 4, 2011
    83
    Artistically, however, the movie delivers on a surprisingly effective scale, no matter how Lonergan sees it. Alternately perceptive, subversive, tragic and profound.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Oct 4, 2011
    80
    A fascinating, deeply felt film of wild, untamed emotions and probing insights.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 30, 2011
    80
    Margaret - titled after a poem - reflects its adolescent subject with striking accuracy. It can be frustrating and self-important, clumsy and naive. But it's also passionate, curious and filled with insight, so unafraid in its ambitions that even the flaws are interesting. Every bold vision requires respect; a few deserve celebration. This is one of them, imperfections and all.
  8. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 29, 2011
    80
    It's not a film that's easy to love, but like a song you at first can't stand but then end up humming all day, it works its way past your defenses and curls in close.
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    A half hour before the finish, Margaret loses altitude and starts looking for a place, any place, to land. Instead it crashes, in slow motion. But up until then, Margaret is committed and unusual.
  10. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    Besides Paquin, who delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance as the maddeningly inconsistent Lisa, also wrenchingly fine are Jeannie Berlin as the best friend of the deceased and J. Smith-Cameron as Lisa's actress mother.
  11. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Oct 6, 2011
    70
    Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff; just think of it as an epic commercial for the director's cut DVD.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Lonergan didn't bite off more than he could chew with Margaret - this is his personal moral gymnasium - but he did bite off more than others might want to chew.
  13. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Sep 27, 2011
    70
    It's less successful as a human drama than as a near-Brechtian exercise in what human drama looks and sounds like - a distanced but often car-crash compelling portrait of a teen as an unfinished being.
  14. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 28, 2011
    67
    Lonergan's dialogue can sweep you up in a whoosh of personality and ideas, but it's hard to see what, apart from ego, convinced him that this story was so epic.
  15. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2011
    63
    For a 90-minute movie, Margaret has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    Although the film is long, it is not too long. I would be ready to see it again a week after my first viewing. The characters and situationsAlthough the film is long, it is not too long. I would be ready to see it again a week after my first viewing. The characters and situations are true to life, that is, painful and messy. The ellipsis at the end of many scenes, in which the scene seems to be cut short, was puzzling at first but contributed to the emotional power of the movie. The actors who played Margaret, her mother, and the dead woman's friend were terrific. I could really relate to everything in this film even though I have never been in any similar situation. Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2016
    0
    horrible. excruciatingly bad. the reviewers are liars or there's something really wrong with people. don't waste your time with this POS. whyhorrible. excruciatingly bad. the reviewers are liars or there's something really wrong with people. don't waste your time with this POS. why did they even put matt damon or any other actors in this for like 5 minutes of screen time? Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2015
    7
    Well rounded cast and drama, thought it was a little long and drawn out, but well acted and scripted. Basically the main character isWell rounded cast and drama, thought it was a little long and drawn out, but well acted and scripted. Basically the main character is affected by an accident with a bus that she saw, and actually had a part in causing. The movie loosely looks at someone caught in the right and wrong of things and also how tragic events can lead into something more serious and conflicting. Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and Mark Ruffalo in my opinion weren't utilized as well as they should have been given their talent. Still Anna Paquin carries the main role decently and I find myself getting irritated with the mess she creates for herself. Overall a middle of the road movie which if you can sit through has a decent ride. Full Review »