The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Critic Consensus: Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.
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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Twins
Despite occasional charming moments and a generally solid ensemble, The Skeleton Twins doesn't distinguish itself in any memorable way.
Suicide is no laughing matter, but there are some wry smiles in this changeably moody indie-pic about self-destructive siblings.
How can you not love something that gives Wiig so much scope?
There is the risk of a credibility gap when charismatic and successful stars play ultra- dysfunctional types. That's why Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig never quite convince as Milo and Maggie, twins on the cusp of middle age.
The laughs are here, but they are tempered by bruising regrets and simmering grudges in this elegant study of a sibling relationship in crisis.
Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Twins
Family dramedy that depends on the established chemistry of its stars to deliver its message of getting on with life despite difficulties. It's interesting if flawed.
Did take a while to get into, but liked this one by the end. Good story about two troubled siblings and the mess they've made of their lives. Very well cast.
An average, ultra-sad movie concerning a suicidal brother (Bill Hader) and his twin sister (Kristen Wiig), who grew up in a very dysfunctional household, and how they reconnect many years later after a tragedy occurs, forcing them to try to figure out where their lives went wrong. This is a simple movie and one that possesses strong dramatic tones, but ultimately it lacks the comedic punch that would have made it a better, more balanced film. The two central performances from Hader and Wiig are outstanding, and they make this thing almost watchable by themselves, but ultimately it comes across as a little too needy on an emotional level, just like the characters themselves.