Supposed to be a "film of rare beauty and shocking gravity." Really? Another self absorbed teenager pulling shit on her mother and every one around her. Watched 1/2 way thru because of the cast - don't bother.
I thought this was a brilliant film, although very sad. I don't agree that the protagonist, Lisa, turns despicable -- and there is a happy ending. I have a lot of respect for Kenneth Loneragan, the director. Definitely worth watching, but have the Kleenex handy!
The first hour is brilliant, worthy of Lonergan (You Can Count on Me & Manchester By the Sea) but then the protagonist turns despicable and you spend the next hour and a half despising her, her allies and the movie.
There seems to be consensus that this movie's too long. That wasn't my takeaway, given most of the performances, characters and situations were compelling enough to sustain interest over most of its three hour run, enough to make it feel fluid and not sluggish. Where it fell apart was in the unearned, "character arc" ending, making all that came before seem pointless. This movie for most of its three hour span is about how the audience views/judges the protagonist's choices and judgment, and then in the last few minutes, it shifts to being all about a young girl's emotional journey from Milan to Minsk.
The meta-criticism of this movie is that it seems like Lonergan tried to repair his half-baked ending *after* filming had ended and it was theatrically released by including material that just drew out the build up to the unearned final "emotional breakthrough" scene, when what the logical structure of this movie really called for was something more ambiguous, open-ended and inconclusive, something to make the viewer wonder rather than a therapist conclude. If I were ever going to argue against the concept of character arc, I would use this movie as a prime example of how limiting and useless such a notion is.
This movie was way too long, and all the characters were incredibly unlikeable! Not a single redeeming character in the whole movie. I persevered for who knows what reason. I wished I would have bailed when I thought about it half way through.
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I loved the director's previous movie (You Can Count On Me) but this one was just not on par. Everything is annoying, the writing, the cinematography (very long pans of NYC), the acting, the sound, the editing and even the story. Disappointing...
This movie is TERRIBLE! The writer/director was clearly trying to make some intellectual masterpiece but it was tiresome, unrealistic as all hell, boring, and stupid. And Anna Paquin is so obviously way too old to play a 16 year old that it was distracting. Plus her acting consists of yell-talking very loudly very quickly, or trying to give meaningful looks. Ugh just an awful movie all around. I finished it only to see just how dumb it would get.
The beginning looked promising but “Margaret” turned out to be an excruciatingly long movie with an unlikeable main character.
This meandering epic has explicit female examples of how or why the M.G.T.O.W. movement on YouTube and in real life is extremely relevant,despite the fact that i actually predict that it is a real FAD at best that is actually going to fold up very shortly.
Fairly true portrayal of teens in the US when not given boundaries. It was too funny how they talked about the trade center tragedy but they kept showing the twin towers backdrop.
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