• Margaret (2011)


Release Date: September 30th, 2011

DVD Release Date: October 9th, 2012

R |2 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

New York high-school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) inadvertently causes an accident in which a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) runs over a pedestrian (Allison Janney). Guilt-stricken over her role in the woman's death, Lisa's mood swings from normal to furious, with her angry outbursts mostly directed at her mother (J. Smith-Cameron). Lisa reaches out to the dead woman's best friend (Jeannie Berlin) and the bus driver, but her failed efforts to make amends only lead to more hostility.

Cast: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Scott Rudin Productions, Fox Searchlight, Mirage Enterprises, Camelot Pictures

Keywords: New York City , Transformation , Growing up , Engaging , 2000s , School ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80

    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

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia 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

  • 60
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

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

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