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Margot at the Wedding Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… the least comforting movie of 2007. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    66

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Baumbach’s achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Watching this movie feels a bit like being trapped on a weekend holiday with an unpredictable and seriously unhappy group of people.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Which brings us back to Kidman, who really IS sensational here.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Well-acted tale of crushing family dysfunction.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature, sometimes-uncomfortable drama isn't for kids, even though Jack Black co-stars (this is definitely not one of his over-the-top comedy roles). Focused on the long-repressed conflicts between two adult sisters, its themes include competition, sexual desire and frustration, and passive-aggressive behavior. Several arguments include yelling and crying, and two brief fights show victims (men) getting kicked or hit. There are discussions and images of masturbation, rape, and abuse, and an adult man makes out with an adolescent girl. Language includes many uses of "f--k."

  • Families can talk about the ways this family deals with pain and betrayal. Do their interactions and reactions seem realistic to you? Why is it important to deal with tensions between siblings and between parents and children? How does communication help people resolve differences? Would better communication have helped Margot and Pauline? Families can also discuss the movie's open-ended "ending." What do you think of movies like that? Why do most Hollywood movies not end that way?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie is a veritable study of "bad" behavior -- adults act out, compete, and abuse one another emotionally. Their kids watch, worry, and try to make sense of the bickering, yelling, and withholding.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Sisters recall their father's abuse (he beat them with a belt). Margot yells at a woman who's pulling on her daughter's arm; she yells back at Margot and calls her a "bitch." An argument results in a slap. A dog is hit by a car, and Jim tries to save it (some blood visible). A boy beats up and bites Claude (who yells loudly in pain). Dick chases and kicks Malcolm, who cries. Discussion of unseen sister's rape.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Couple appears in bed, with woman's breasts visible. Margot listens to her sister having sex in the next room and masturbates in bed (no nudity, but obvious movement). Sisters discuss their sexual pasts several times, including that of another, unseen sister. Maisy tells Claude that his mom is "hot" and "I'd do her if I was gay." Dick kisses Margot in the car. An adult man admits to sexual activity with a female teenager. Claude admits to masturbating. Some body-part words ("testicles"). Suggestion that pregnancy prompted the wedding.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "bitch," "d--khead," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Margot is concerned with promoting her new book.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some cigarette smoking and wine drinking. Margot finds pills in a drawer.

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