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From Academy Award® Nominee writer/director Kenneth Lonergan comes a stirring drama of rare beauty and shocking gravity. Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo lead a celebrated cast in the story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident. Experience an emotional teen’s extraordinary journey to set things right as her innocent ideals come crashing against the harsh realities of the adult world.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 81
- Fresh: 58
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Margaret comes apart at the seams as you watch it, but it gives off a lovely light. Seek it out. You can thank me later.
Fresh: For all its awkwardness and uncertainty, the film is a city symphony, romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure...
Fresh: An ambitious, novelistic, sprawling story that attempts to show a young woman's internal development while simultaneously conveying the soul of modern-day New York.
Rotten: Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless.
do NOT watch the edited version of this movie, it makes no sense in the second half, the director's cut is about 30 minutes longer and 30 times better. unfortunately though itunes doesn't have it.
Kenneth Lonergan is gifted, compassionate and kind, with an ear for human dialogue. The film is messy but as messy as everyday life. The performances are real - the moment when Matthew Broderick is dumbfounded by one of his student"s responses to King Lear captures the confusing nature of human perception. For some reason that I can only intuit, this scene captures the essence of the film: human confusion. It"s simply awesome!
maybe the depth surpasses me...
the excellent reviews led me on - unfortunately, I found the movie had various lengths and a certain lack of focus. I understand the point in depicting a young woman unravel in the adult world, but I would have expected something more from the director - some sort of culmination that never happens.