Margot at the Wedding


Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37

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  1. Margot at the Wedding doesn’t develop; it just skips from one squirmy scene to the next.
  2. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    A sharply observed but bleak examination of family dysfunction, anchored by solid performances.
  3. 50
    The characters observe no boundaries, and neither does the movie--Baumbach hasn’t worked out the struggle between speaking and withholding, as Bergman did. People simply blurt out scathing remarks, so there’s little power in the revelations and betrayals. “Margot” is sensually as well as dramatically impoverished.
  4. 50
    While there are a lot of similarities between Rohmer's body of work and Baumbach's latest, the most crucial aspect linking the films is a difference: Rohmer's love of conversation and languorous pace engages the intellect; Baumbach provides a good alternative to an over-the-counter sleep aid.
  5. It's a shame to see such dedicated performers flay their psyches in the service of such fundamentally shallow material.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Watching this movie feels a bit like being trapped on a weekend holiday with an unpredictable and seriously unhappy group of people.
  7. For Kidman, it is a one-note performance dictated by the script. Leigh had more dimension to work with and gives the film's most honest performance. Meanwhile, Black, whose job is mostly to deliver comic relief, is completely lost - that is to say, not funny - in the material.
  8. These characters don't seem illuminating at all – just damned annoying and, ultimately, dead boring.
  9. 40
    The next time he (Baumbach) attempts something similar, he might take care to lessen the bile and amplify the heart.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    Margot at the Wedding is not for everybody's taste. It Baumbach achieves something that directors rarely even attempt - for the audience to beMargot 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. Full Review »
  2. RayS.
    Mar 31, 2008
    All the characters in this flick need to be in therapy. No insights gleaned from their rantings. Cannot recommend this travesty.
  3. JohnN.
    Mar 15, 2008
    The film is well acted, but the characters are so abrasive that I can't really say I enjoyed watching it.