Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 90
    It has all the virtues of fine stage drama: narrative economy, honest emotion, and characters so closely defined that the most pedestrian encounters between them are revelatory.
  2. 90
    A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret.
  3. Remarkable for its seamless ensemble performances.
  4. Always engaging and often compelling.
  5. Downbeat but ultimately hopeful, it's a domestic tragedy that cuts clearly to the bone, finding emotional nuance among the family's knotty secrets and dense layers of subterfuge.
  6. 70
    Story of small triumphs and everyday sorrows is never maudlin or sentimental.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Sensitive directorial bow by editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld and solid performances lend conviction if not quite distinction to the drama Marion Bridge.
  8. This Canadian film is extraordinarily low-key, considering the explosive secrets the sisters unearth, but that is part of its strength.
  9. 60
    If von Carolsfeld had worked more surprises into her style and presentation, Marion Bridge wouldn't live down to its genre stereotype so readily.
  10. 50
    An earnest, if dreary little Canadian domestic drama.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Jun 18, 2007
    7
    When the family's dark secret is finally revealed, it's a shock, because the way Louise(Stacy Smith) and Rose(Marguerite McNeil) When the family's dark secret is finally revealed, it's a shock, because the way Louise(Stacy Smith) and Rose(Marguerite McNeil) treat their younger sister is not what you'd expect. Agnes(Molly Parker), you would think, deserves a free pass to act as wayward as she wants to be. You would be doing coke and drinking like a fish too with a father like Agnes'. There's never an open discussion if the family's patriarch acted inappropriately with the two older girls. "Marion Bridge" is so low-key, the viewer may overlook this fact. Is "Marion Bridge" too quiet? Perhaps. We're talking about incest here. But the anger is there. If quiet is the new loud, throwing a bible out an open window after Agnes reads to their dying mother, has more volume than shouting. Full Review »