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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece..."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The coming-of-age pic has a sense of deeply felt gravity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... it should be commended for attempting to tackle something as basic - and insurmountable - as a single human emotion."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"An epic drama whose significance is symbolized by citations from Shakespeare and the operatic world."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's a passionate, fascinating mess, like its abrasive main character."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"For all its awkwardness and uncertainty, the film is a city symphony, romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Margaret is a pointless coming-of-age drama starring Anna Paquin that tediously meanders on for two and half hours before ending with a whimper."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Epic and personal, challenging and strange."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Twitch
"Margaret is an absorbing character study headlined by a wonderful performance from Anna Paquin."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Messy but masterful; a sprawling portrait of what it means to be a bright young woman who's realizing that the world isn't the warm bath of acceptance that her privileged life would indicate."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Margaret is a mess. An impressive mess, but a mess nonetheless."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This is an America in which nobody listens, the end always justifies the means, and it's always the other guy's fault. Blame is tricky when everyone is failing everyone."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Response
"It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Presumably Lonergan meant Margaret to be a tapestry. Instead, it's a series of incongruous threads."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
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