Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing theirAfter ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 11, 2014
    100
    One of the better movies to come along this year.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 12, 2014
    88
    This is a smart movie about complicated people in search of something approaching inner peace.
  3. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Jan 9, 2015
    80
    Wiig and Hader give winning, finely nuanced turns in a film that deftly mixes light and dark. Also features the best use of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ since Mannequin…
  4. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Sep 8, 2014
    75
    Craig Johnson's film is ultimately most interested in what its jokes are implying or obscuring about the jokesters themselves.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 26, 2014
    75
    If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Jan 27, 2014
    65
    While it’s only modestly effective at the serious stuff, at least it’s free of sanctimony and preciousness.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    The Skeleton Twins has a pair of terrific, sharply etched lead performances, a polished, autumnal look, and some affecting moments where its protagonists bond. But to borrow a water-based metaphor from the film’s overflowing stock of them, The Skeleton Twins just lies there, cold and clammy, like a dead fish.

See all 33 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    My friend and I really loved this movie. The two lead actors, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, are terrific. I did not realize they could holdMy friend and I really loved this movie. The two lead actors, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, are terrific. I did not realize they could hold their own so nicely in dramatic roles. The film also had plenty of humor, of course, and I knew that they were terrific in that area. They exceeded my expectations in every way, and so did the film. The other actors were also great. There are not too many films that focus on siblings. This one did and the story really came for life for me, thanks to the fine acting. I found it touching. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    I loved this movie, but it wouldn't have worked without the wonderful performances by the lead actors, who are as funny together here as theyI loved this movie, but it wouldn't have worked without the wonderful performances by the lead actors, who are as funny together here as they are on SNL. Ty Burrell does a good job in a smaller role too. My only caveat is the last five minutes of the film, which I found unsatisfying (no spoilers). Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2014
    8
    An insightful look into the high's and low's of life and family. The Skeleton Twins is subtle, yet piercing--striking the heart in all of theAn insightful look into the high's and low's of life and family. The Skeleton Twins is subtle, yet piercing--striking the heart in all of the right places. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader may be talented comedians, but their exceeding dramatic ability has never been more present. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    7
    Who knew that Bill Hader was such an exceptional actor? His performance in THE SKELETON TWINS is truly a revelation, simply magnificent.Who knew that Bill Hader was such an exceptional actor? His performance in THE SKELETON TWINS is truly a revelation, simply magnificent. Kristen Wiig is equally good but we expect that from her. Together, they create a depthfully sad contemplation on modern life. It's almost shocking to see two comedic actors used for such ultimately sad purposes while not eliminating the humor they find in life. Director Craig Johnson does a wonderful job with character but then those clunky plot points keep getting in the way. Will there ever be a day again when indies don't emulate Hollywood mainstream fair? THE SKELETON TWINS has so much going for it but then the creaky plot machine kicks in truly undermining so much of the good. Ultimately, one is left with a very strong statement about unhappiness and disappointment that is shockingly real and very modern. You just wish the fillmmakers had the guts to take it to it's natural end. A good film that could have actually been quite great. Like life itself, THE SKELETON TWINS disappoints. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2015
    7
    In viewing of its title, this dark comedy features SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alumni Hader and Wigg doesn’t look like a gag-packed farce as one mayIn viewing of its title, this dark comedy features SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alumni Hader and Wigg doesn’t look like a gag-packed farce as one may preconceive, THE SKELETON TWINS is director Craig Johnson’s second film, it became a Sundance darling in 2014, and surges onto the top-tier of USA's indie output last year, so I am tempted to check whether or not it deserves the merits.

    keep reading my review on my blog, please google: cinema omnivore, thanks!
    Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2014
    5
    Bill Hader makes a strong case for being the best actor to come out of SNL in years. Kristen Wiig is predictably Wiigish. A mostly forgettableBill Hader makes a strong case for being the best actor to come out of SNL in years. Kristen Wiig is predictably Wiigish. A mostly forgettable affair--save one particular scene in a dentist office. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2015
    3
    less depressing than it seems like it will be... still....very depressing....interesting how they dressed as eachother and interesting howless depressing than it seems like it will be... still....very depressing....interesting how they dressed as eachother and interesting how the luke wilson didn't think girls pooped...I'm convinced their poop is white and upsiedown.....dam television....trying to overpopulate us all...inflation is not necessary... Expand

See all 25 User Reviews