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Rachel Getting Married Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    82

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    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A triumph -- Demme's finest work since "The Silence of the Lambs," and a movie that tingles with life.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.)

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Intense, insightful family drama celebrates love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense family drama addresses certain subjects -- drug addiction, death, family dysfunction -- that may be overwhelming for younger teens who are drawn to it by Anne Hathaway's star power. But they're dealt with so sensitively and compassionately that older teens may find the film quite impactful. Expect plenty of swearing and social drinking (as well as discussions about alcoholism and drug use). Characters also explore dark emotional terrain, and adult family members are hurtful -- verbally and physically -- to each other.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What does it say about the power of forgiveness, especially of forgiving yourself? How is the movie similar to, and different from, others that deal with addiction? Is it a realistic portrayal? Does that make it easier or harder to watch? Are there typical clichés and pitfalls that this movie manages to avoid? Which ones, and how? Families can also discuss why Kym acts the way she does when she comes home. Why does she seem so uncomfortable? How does her family react to her? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A dysfunctional family, still mourning the death of a loved one, unravels during a wedding weekend. Feelings are honestly aired, and the words sting. But there's also a whole lot of love going around, and not just because the central event is a wedding. Though angry with each other and deeply confused, relatives clearly care for each other and wish each other well.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Screaming and arguing among family members. At one point, two relatives actually get physical, and it's ugly, though very telling. A character purposefully drives straight into a street sign and beyond.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Two people who are virtual strangers have a quick tryst in a dark room (hardly any nudity shown). Some suggestive dancing.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t" "c--ksucker," and "bastard."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some mentions of Rite Aid, the Olympic Games, and the TV series Cops. Pellegrino bottles are displayed prominently.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The central character is a former junkie, and there's frank conversation about things she's done while high. She also smokes. Several scenes show Narcotics Anonymous meetings; the 12-step process is referred to often. Some social drinking during a wedding and rehearsal dinner.

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