Margaret

Margaret

Margaret

Drama about a high-school student in New York who inadvertently plays a role in a traffic accident that claims a woman's life. Stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and Mathew Broderick. 

Certain she is responsible, 17-year-old Lisa (Paquin) attempts to set things right but her life spins out of control, as she is confronted with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.

Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (the playwright's second film after 2000's excellent You Can Count on Me), has had a controversial path to release. Shot in 2005, Lonergan has delayed the film's release since, reportedly grappling with the final cut for over five years. Two lawsuits resulted between the director, producer and studio Fox Searchlight.

2011Rating: R16, contains drug use, sex scenes, offensive language & content that may disturb149 minsUSA
Drama
49%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

This unwieldy drama of conscience in the wake of tragedy is hyperarticulate but rarely eloquent.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A singularly compelling study of trauma. It’s a raw, messily magnificent near-masterpiece.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Filmed in 2005 and has reportedly been delayed because of persistent editing problems. These do not seem to have been solved.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Lonergan has created a forceful yet extremely fitful film that teases with moments of brilliance only to frustrate in the end.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Haunting and thought-provoking despite flaws; an important post-9/11 movie with its own troubled mythology.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nearly every scene is acutely observed, a strong cast fully inhabiting Lonergan's symphonic collision of ideas and in tune with his ear for the harsh poetry of New York language, variously hyperbolic and sparing, engaged and self-protective.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Knotty, ambitious and trading in messy human truths, it’s the work of a master dramatist. Here’s hoping Lonergan’s next one reaches us a little faster.

4.0
0

This film seemed to go on all day - I'm a persistent person, so was determined to watch it until the end. I'm sure it had a 'plot' and perhaps some life lesson's hidden within the almost 2 and half hour long boring scenes. Anna Paquin does a good performance, and because of that I give one star. Otherwise when the film finally finished, I couldn't help but...

1.0
0

This is one of best films i've seen in years. Great performances, compelling story and left me with so much to think about. No one is especially likeable, or particularly admirable, and yet despite that you feel for each and every character, aware of why they are like they are. Even though it's a completely cohesive story with a straight narrative, it also...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This unwieldy drama of conscience in the wake of tragedy is hyperarticulate but rarely eloquent.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A singularly compelling study of trauma. It’s a raw, messily magnificent near-masterpiece.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Filmed in 2005 and has reportedly been delayed because of persistent editing problems. These do not seem to have been solved.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Lonergan has created a forceful yet extremely fitful film that teases with moments of brilliance only to frustrate in the end.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Haunting and thought-provoking despite flaws; an important post-9/11 movie with its own troubled mythology.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nearly every scene is acutely observed, a strong cast fully inhabiting Lonergan's symphonic collision of ideas and in tune with his ear for the harsh poetry of New York language, variously hyperbolic and sparing, engaged and self-protective.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Knotty, ambitious and trading in messy human truths, it’s the work of a master dramatist. Here’s hoping Lonergan’s next one reaches us a little faster.

4.0
0

This film seemed to go on all day - I'm a persistent person, so was determined to watch it until the end. I'm sure it had a 'plot' and perhaps some life lesson's hidden within the almost 2 and half hour long boring scenes. Anna Paquin does a good performance, and because of that I give one star. Otherwise when the film finally finished, I couldn't help...

1.0
0

This is one of best films i've seen in years. Great performances, compelling story and left me with so much to think about. No one is especially likeable, or particularly admirable, and yet despite that you feel for each and every character, aware of why they are like they are. Even though it's a completely cohesive story with a straight narrative, it...

5.0
0