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

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 12, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% 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.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Despite occasional charming moments and a generally solid ensemble, The Skeleton Twins doesn't distinguish itself in any memorable way.

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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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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage

With a commonplace technical approach, The Skeleton Twins could have used a more turbulent hand behind the camera to accompany the ups and downs of our lead arcs.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

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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J. Olson

As a dark character piece with the occasional big laugh, "The Skeleton Twins" is as much a pleasure to watch as it is to digest once its end credits roll.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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… 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
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