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  • Summary: Margot at the Wedding is a sharply observed portrait of a family in distress. Noah Baumbach's latest project is an unflinchingly honest story about coming to terms with one's family and oneself, a journey that is both funny and heartbreaking. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black. (Paramount Vantage) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Baumbach’s achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.
  2. 88
    Dissenters who see this film as a wallow in self-absorption aren't paying attention. Baumbach is acutely attuned to the droll mind games of smart people who only think they're impervious to feeling.
  3. 80
    Margot at the Wedding gives its characters (and us) something to laugh about.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    A broader work than Baumbach's last movie, and it's funnier, too, even as you gasp at the misbehavior.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    It's too bad Baumbach's movie is already shot, edited, and up there on the screen, because after a few rounds with a red pencil, it could really have been something worth watching.
  6. Margot at the Wedding doesn’t develop; it just skips from one squirmy scene to the next.
  7. 0
    Margot at the Wedding is a Christmas gift for high-class depressives: a compendium of malaise fit for an L.L. Bean catalog.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    5
    Margot at the Wedding is not for everybody's taste. It Baumbach achieves something that directors rarely even attempt - for the audience to be simply disgusted and annoyed by the main characters to an extent that they dislike them quite intensely. The screenplay is rather strange and fragmented, which makes the film kind of hard to comprehend, which is my biggest issue with the film. As interesting and complimentary Baumbach's approach is, especially with the 'hating on the characters', it does not help the audience to like the film. On the brighter side, the performances here are top-notch: Nicole Kidman is her usual excellence in this film, as the bitter sister Margot. Her sister is played by the Jennifer Jason-Leigh, who is at least as good as Kidman in his film, if not a tiny bit better. They work great together as sisters. Also, Jack Black is surprisingly real in one of his rare serious roles on-screen. Overall, a difficult but interesting film, with some really good acting. Expand

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