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Margaret (2011)



Critic Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.

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Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Anna Paquin
as Lisa Cohen
Matt Damon
as Mr. Aaron
Mark Ruffalo
as Maretti
Jean Reno
as Ramon
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Mrs. Maretti
Allison Janney
as Monica Patterson
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Critic Reviews for Margaret

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (44)

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.

September 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

Margaret is less about plot mechanics than about the virtuosity of the dialogue, the complexity of the characters, and the detail and depth of their untidy world.

September 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff.

September 26, 2014 | Full Review…

It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.

July 10, 2012

Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece...

April 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Had I seen Margaret in 2011 it would have likely been number two or three on my list of the best films of the year.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Margaret


It took so many years and two lawsuits to have this film edited and released, but the final result is this bloated and self-important mess of ideas that Lonergan was incapable of putting together cohesively, and it is even worse that the protagonist is so detestable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A self-obsessed teenager of New York style privilege endeavors to correct a wrong done to an innocent, and that's just the introductory tip of the iceberg in this dense examination of modern day humanity. My first reaction was intense dislike of the main character, and thus the film(even after I realized she was meant as an example of us all), but I couldn't tear my eyes away. After we accept that we are flawed, then what? The work manages to be engaging even while wrestling with the answers. Bring your thinking cap!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a movie I wanted to see for ages. I even tried to track a dvd copy down, but I could never find it at a reasonable price. My thoughts after finally getting to see it on TV? Thank goodness I never actually purchased it! Don't get me wrong, acting is good. Story is interesting, but it's sooo long, and Anna's character is a brat I couldn't stand. Spoiler....... When she starts rallying to get the bus driver sacked over the accident she caused, I knew I just couldn't with her character. She's always yelling too, just wanted to slap the little madam. Lol. So, yes, ambitious and well made little movie, but definitely not one to rewatch.(For me, anyhow).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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