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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A half hour before the finish, Margaret loses altitude and starts looking for a place, any place, to land. Instead it crashes, in slow motion. But up until then, Margaret is committed and unusual. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Besides Paquin, who delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance as the maddeningly inconsistent Lisa, also wrenchingly fine are Jeannie Berlin as the best friend of the deceased and J. Smith-Cameron as Lisa's actress mother. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Margaret - titled after a poem - reflects its adolescent subject with striking accuracy. It can be frustrating and self-important, clumsy and naive. But it's also passionate, curious and filled with insight, so unafraid in its ambitions that even the flaws are interesting. Every bold vision requires respect; a few deserve celebration. This is one of them, imperfections and all. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Fine performances and bristling language compel in this overlong, often off-putting but well-observed New York story. show more

  • 80
    Movieline

    It's not a film that's easy to love, but like a song you at first can't stand but then end up humming all day, it works its way past your defenses and curls in close. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece that refuses to follow the strictures of conventional cinematic structure, instead leading the audience on a circuitous journey down the myriad rabbit holes that comprise modern-day Manhattan. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Who knows what movie Lonergan was searching for in all that footage? But what emerges from the tinkering and legal skirmishes is an occasional marvel, a kind of everyday highbrow social X-ray, Paul Mazursky by way of Krzysztof Kieslowski. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    For a 90-minute movie, Margaret has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Margaret, finally released six years after it was shot, now seems destined to become part of film history as one of the more stunning examples of a filmmaker's sophomore slump. show more

  • October 22, 2012 KACHITO
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    Fantastic movie...fantastic script....loved it. Also New York City plays as another character of the movie...Great acting too. Anna has matured as a great actress...Kudos to her and everyone involved in this complex movie...

  • July 25, 2012 vince
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    I enjoyed it though it was a bit long. Great acting kept my attention throughout.

  • July 14, 2012 Marian
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    In the version we saw today, I think there is a good movie in there somewhere, and a couple interesting performances. But this version seemed to need some really good editing. Apparently it had been edited down to 150 minutes (?! there was more?)...however, so much more could\'ve been sacrificed to make a much tighter story. And so many really good actors were wasted in very small roles. So many scenes meant nothing. On writing this I just decided to take my \"vote\" down from 3 stars to 2.

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