Margot at the Wedding
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Margot Zeller, a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey to the wedding of her estranged and free-spirited, unassuming sister Pauline. Margot, with her all-too-rapidly maturing son Claude in tow, arrives with the gale force of a hurricane. From the minute she meets Pauline's fiancé--the unemployed artist Malcolm--Margot starts to plant seeds of doubt about the union. As the wedding approaches, one complication crashes into the next: vengeful neighbors, a beloved tree in the backyard and Margot's own marital… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"Baumbach's interest in families - a distinct Baumbachian sort of family - is acute and his observations often painful and delivered with a dry wit."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"There isn't a pleasant, wholly likable character in the cast. But you can't avert your eyes from it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As in the minutely observed anatomy of a divorce in The Squid and the Whale, the pleasures and pains of Margot reside in the smallness of scope and queasy focus on delicate family matters."
‑ Kristi Mitsuda, Stop Smiling
"Noah Baumbach’s entry into the dysfunctional-family sweepstakes is a successfully depressing affair that has some genuine laughs to maintain interest while the fake relationships that dominate every scene leave the viewer as estranged as the char"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"a dysfunctional family portrait that, at best, shows how far sisterly bonds can stretch without breaking. At worst, it demonstrates what happens when a writer with nothing to say continues to produce after his supply of bio fuel is exhausted"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Kidman's performance keeps you transfixed all the way through, because she delves into her character's damaged psyche so fully, you're constantly fascinated to see what biting, acidic thing she will say next."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Writer-director Noah Baumbach solidifies his standing as the modern bard of American dysfunctional families with Margot at the Wedding, but at the same time he's recycling material he's already covered, and covered more exquisitely."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Who the hell names their son Claude? Do they want him to get beat up every day of his life?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The raw, real centerpiece is the relationship between Kidman and Leigh, whose performances drive the film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Noah Baumbach is the king of dysfunction. We constantly see films about war, love, aliens, so why no films about how insanely uncomfortable family can be with one another?"
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Apart from John Turturro in a cameo, all the characters are monsters and/or basket cases."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There's no question Baumbach has a way with words and actors (Kidman, Leigh and Jack Black are terrific)."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The results aren't bruising, just numbing"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"No one does bad parent movies better than Noah Baumbach."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor but it is still an often painfully accurate study of fractured family relationships."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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