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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
    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
    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. JasonF.
    Feb 27, 2008
    Baumbach's has an incredible gift of giving genuine life to characters, their flaws glaring and painful even as you fall in love them.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Nov 16, 2007
    Excellent Nicole is brilliant.
  3. BrettR
    Feb 25, 2008
    Nicole Kidman is back in a big way with fantastic choices and Jennifer Jason Leigh is an amazing compliment to her playing her sister. I found the writing fascinating, though I found the subplot of "coming of age" of Kidman's son a little tired. Expand
  4. RobertI
    Feb 10, 2008
    When will contemporary artists learn that unfettered self-indulgence doth not a drama make. The characters, for all their poignancy and full-roundedness (Jack Black as Malcolm, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Pauline), join Margot wallowing in self-centered immature squalling. Witness:A parent who violates a mother's boundaries with her child, a brother-in-law to be who kisses the babysitter. Where are the adults in this world? Who cares about these people? For all its imperfections, we revel in Kidman's and Jason-Leigh's, and Black's way of inhabiting the characters, and we're glad when it's over. Expand
  5. 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.
  6. TravisP.
    Jan 10, 2008
    Baseless, pointless, and mean. A huge disappointment after Squid and the Whale. Perhaps Baumbach can only borrow from his own life to produce character motivations remotely logical or human. Expand
  7. JerroldS
    Dec 11, 2007
    Suffered through this movie. Plot developments were weak and the writing very unbalanced. You never cared for any character in the movie and were happy just to have the movie end. Wasted 92 minutes of my life on this. Expand

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