The Skeleton Twins

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  • 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

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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  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. May 22, 2015
    9
    This was an outstanding blend of comedy and drama, something that is always very difficult to pull off. And the acting was spectacular. YouThis was an outstanding blend of comedy and drama, something that is always very difficult to pull off. And the acting was spectacular. You could really feel the chemistry that probably stems from their SNL days. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2014
    8
    Really enjoyed this black comedy about siblings. if you have a brother or sister, and even a slightly unconventional life or relationship withReally enjoyed this black comedy about siblings. if you have a brother or sister, and even a slightly unconventional life or relationship with your sibling (and I have 4 sisters!) you will see part of your life and relationship reflected here, and it's not often that any movie attempts to explore the bother-sister relationship in an open and honest way. The 4 main actors are excellent (esp. bill hader)and if you see the movie with reduced or realistic expectations, you will walk away with a smile. ( my 24 year old daughter took me to see it and she liked it quite a bit too). 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. Aug 26, 2015
    7
    Twins and their failures, depression, suicide attempt, together overcoming.

    After the beautiful 'Hateship Loveship', I expected this one
    Twins and their failures, depression, suicide attempt, together overcoming.

    After the beautiful 'Hateship Loveship', I expected this one for Kristen Wiig. It was a brother-sister relationship theme. The main characters are twins and they have lots of common. The story begins when they meet for the first time after the ten years of no connection. The circumstance was strange as they both were depressed who attempt for a self kill. That does not end successfully, instead narration commence for us where they share each others memory of the past by trying to shape up the present life. But still the old habits won't let them alone as they encounter life changing decisions by the end of the story.

    Kind of a rare movie, all about the twins' bonding told in a humourous way, mostly. Mistakes are the essence of the script. The fall and rise were cleverly constructed throughout around those two characters. The cast was the plus point. Since it was about twins, Wiig and Hader are perfectly fit for their respective roles. As for Bill Hader, I've never seen he donned in a higher ranked role like this. He was always been a co-star and in this film he's one of the leads. Everybody gets their time right like awesome Timothy Spall in 'Mr. Turner'.

    In this movie, these two lead performers were absolutely spot on. But the lack of pace is a challenge. If you pass through it successfully, you would get a nice entertainment. If not, the movie would be dull, pale, even it could be worse film of the year for you. Anyway, still it falls short to be an excellent film, I consider it to be a just good movie. Worth a watch, but the movie won't stay in your memory for so long.

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  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

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