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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A fine ensemble piece, but a maddening and unjustified length. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    At its best in scenes featuring Hathaway's mercurial character. It's a triumphant and darkly nuanced role for her and a departure from the more lighthearted comedic performances she has given. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The life that swirls around Kym before, during and after her sister's densely populated, wonderfully detailed wedding seems to have been caught on the fly in all its sweetness, sadness and joy. (In its free-form style the film constitutes an elaborate homage to Robert Altman.) show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jonathan Demme's superb rule-bending, heartrending and family-mending drama - ends with a wedding, it resists conventions as brazenly as does the bride's sister. show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A friend asked: "Wouldn't you love to attend a wedding like that?" In a way, I felt I had. Yes, I began to feel absorbed in the experience. A few movies can do that, can slip you out of your mind and into theirs. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Intriguing, disturbing, uplifting evocation. In fact, to watch this film is to engage in participatory art -- for better and for worse, through sickness and in health, we're drawn deeply in. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Hathaway carries you on an emotional whirligig that can be horrifying and funny, hopeful and devastating. show more

  • March 27, 2013 Cristina
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    Why?

  • December 20, 2009 IDCMasta
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    I enjoyed this movie immensely. I admittedly came end as a Anne Hathaway groupie but, her performace as Kym surprised me on how good it was. She really nailed the role of a troubled, self centered young woman like her character in Havoc. I think the rest of cast did a great job in playing their characters. None of the performaces felt contrived. Some people in their reviews of this movie didn't seem to like the multi-racial, multi ethnic wedding crowd. They felt something about the environment rang false. Well, I can say that I know folks like this, bohemian, artsy and they behave in these manner. People who have attented them rave about how cool Indian weddings are. I could imagine someone wanting to have an Indian themed wedding even if they're not Indian.

  • March 16, 2009 butsys
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    This is the worst film that I have ever seen. It is disjointed , unfocused, poorly acted and a total waste of my time.

  • December 30, 2008 Atamianpm
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    I walked out after 25min. This is self indulgent drivel that someone apparently feels is worthy of calling cinema. I love Anne Hathaway but she is not a sympathetic figure in this move - just a brat. Avoid this movie like the plague.

  • December 28, 2008 TIK489
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    I couildn't agree with FBurcaw more. After 45 minutes I was suffering from motion sickness. I tried listening rather than watching because I started sweating and feeling queasy. I finally left before I got sick. I was very disappointed since it had great reviews. Of the sister, I preferred Kym to Rachel. I found the film suffocating but perhaps that was the point.

  • December 18, 2008 Heitzmanjoseph
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    Ruth Don't wasste your time or money!!!

  • December 14, 2008 DrVillane
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    Upon a second viewing, the diaalogue seems almost improvised. Chaaracters interrupt one another, give tangential responses and seem to move the momentum of a moment aimlessly. However, a pattern emerges for me. The characters, reflected by the dialogue are struggling for meaning, aand all of this desperate searching happens while a wedding, a life changing event, is being planned, also seeming aimlessly. For many, some of these moments may strike a responsive cord. Hathaway's tortured character artifully embodies the existential spine of this film. A five star for film students, a lonely star for audiences seeking an entertaining evening.

  • December 11, 2008 kittyluv554
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    i love debra winger but this was not worth it

  • December 09, 2008 Maggie5105
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    This is a raw and emotional film, dealing with addiction and family. As a family member of an addict, I could definitely relate to the characters. I can appreciate a lot of the merits of this movie - it's great acting, etc - but it seemed to drag on.... especially the wedding scene. You definitely have to prepare yourself for it, and don't go in looking for a pick-me-up.

  • December 03, 2008 Karyn Paris
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    Though a good but very depressing movie. I thought characters just did not match, like Rachel;s husband to be??? Not beleivable... And if you have lost a loved one to drugs I would not reccomend this movie...

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