Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Which brings us back to Kidman, who really IS sensational here.
  3. Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
  4. Reviewed by: Niki Foster
    90
    A brilliantly executed film that, like many real-life family reunions, is alternately painful, funny, and moving.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    Margot is a fleet, strangely enjoyable film, animated by the acuity of Baumbach's perceptions and -- this helps a lot -- the frequent laugh-out-loud wit of his dialogue.
  7. While Margot's casual cruelty and the scenes of squirmy discomfort are sometimes painful to watch, the rendering of this disastrous family reunion is seriously, savagely droll.
  8. 83
    Margot has a kitchen-sink realism that's genuinely unsettling, like a John Cassavetes movie populated by the hyper-articulate. If nothing else, Baumbach deserves credit for refusing to cozy up to the audience.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. RayS.
    Mar 31, 2008
    2
    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
    5
    The film is well acted, but the characters are so abrasive that I can't really say I enjoyed watching it.