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The Skeleton Twins

HD   R Closed Captioning

Craig Johnson

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About the Movie

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader light up the screen as Maggie and Milo, estranged twins who are reunited after ten years of being apart. With an irresistible mix of humor and heart and a stellar supporting cast including Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell, The Skeleton Twins follows Maggie and Milo's unforgettable journey to reconnect, as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 149
  • Fresh: 129
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep 26, 2014

Fresh: "The Skeleton Twins" is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Sep 26, 2014

Fresh: The Skeleton Twins is all the better for keeping us guessing as to its intentions, because that makes it more true to life. Sometimes you have to smile through the tears, and vice-versa. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Sep 26, 2014

Fresh: Johnson's unfussy direction serves as a fine showcase for the two SNL veterans to demonstrate how their comic shorthand plays equally well in a slightly darker register. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Sep 26, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Love, Love, Love

I have already seen this movie three times in the theaters and am so thrilled that I was able to already pre-order the movie via iTunes. This sensitive and comedic telling of two depressed siblings after the death of their father is one of the best movies I have seen in years. I can’t recommend it enough.

Awesome Movie

Love this movie!! Worth a trip to the Theatre!

Good, Not Great

I was a tad disappointed in “The Skeleton Twins” and that surprised me because it was one of my most anticipated movies to come out this year. I had heard nothing but great things from the Sundance Film Festival and can never get enough of Bill Hader or Kristen Wiig, so I really didn’t see where it could go wrong.

And though it isn’t as if it turned out to be terrible, it just wasn’t the movie that I expected. The various trailers and ads that have been released marketed it mostly as a comedy with some dramatic elements, but it ended up being the opposite. The film definitely has its funny moments, but its most certainly a drama.

Centered around an estranged brother and sister who reunite after both cheating death, it chronicles the few weeks that they spend together as they assess their lives and try to mend their broken relationship. Hader and Wiig serve as our two leads and have some outstanding scenes together (that being the main strong suit of the film), but the structure around it fails to measure up.

It has some pacing problems throughout and never really finds it stride despite their superb chemistry together, and that’s my only real complaint. The direction and writing is witty and hilarious at times but due to the slow progression of the film, it all feels a bit sluggish. And that isn’t exactly the greatest thing when your dealing with heavy themes like suicide and depression. But as a whole, I found it to be a solid film. It’s good, not great.

The Skeleton Twins
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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