The Skeleton Twins
The Skeleton Twins (2014)

When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

"The Skeleton Twins" is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine.

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Glenn Dunks
Concrete Playground

The real surprise of the film is Hader, graduating from more juvenile cinematic entries ... and giving a beautifully crafted performance that allows his knack for voice and facial expressions to shine in the stronger material

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Johnson's unfussy direction serves as a fine showcase for the two SNL veterans to demonstrate how their comic shorthand plays equally well in a slightly darker register.

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John Anderson

Even with performers as likable as Hader and Wiig, and characters as likable as Milo and Maggie, sympathy should be earned. Like an cocksure banker, Johnson takes our investment for granted.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A wonderful and brutally engrossing dramedy about family and the lasting effects of growing up in dysfunctional households.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The Skeleton Twins is all the better for keeping us guessing as to its intentions, because that makes it more true to life. Sometimes you have to smile through the tears, and vice-versa.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it's redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.

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Jeff Beck

The Skeleton Twins makes for an engaging film that gets you emotionally involved, while also giving you some good laughs in the process, and for that intelligent mixture, it's a dramedy that's definitely worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
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… More
Spencer S.
Featuring rich, bold performances from Wiig and Hader, this film easily straddles the line between comedy and drama. The tension is brought about by Milo,… More
Flutie Archibald
Not quite what I expected, but the dramatic turns by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader are impressive. I'd like to see them do more work together in the… More
Everett Johnson
I really thought this was going to be one of those quiet dramas where comedians try to show their drama range(I'm looking at you Ben Stiller in… More
Christian C
A moving film dealing with heavy, dark issues. I was surprised that Wiig, Hader and Burrell all broke out of their comedy boxes so ready for drama. Sadly,… More
Mark Hobin
The Skeleton Twins deftly blends savage drama with honest laughs. It's kind of an odd mix, but stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader's easygoing… More