|Starring:||Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick, Matthew Broderick|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd|
|Run time:||2 hours 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Aug 2012|
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Worth watching just for Anna Paquins performance, its a shame the film doesnt dazzle in the same way.By Tarumatu (40 reviews) from Brighton, England , 03 Jan 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]Lisa (Anna Paquin) is a bright, self-absorbed teenager in New York. Her carefree existence is shattered after witnessing an accident which causes the death of a woman (Allison Janney). Lisa was partly to blame, by distracting a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) which caused him to run a red light.
Typical of a teenager, Lisa cannot quite articulate her grief and despair, taking her anger out on those close to her and especially her equally self-absorbed mother (J. Smith-Cameron). Growing more and more unhinged, Lisa is a disaster waiting to happen. Unable to find any solutions from her awkward attempts at sex and drugs, Lisa eventually decides to right a wrong that has been plagueing her since the accident.
Margaret misfires as much as it should be admired. The film is way too long, the film was originally made in 2005 but the producers could not agree on the length of the film until the director Kenneth Lonergan cut the film from 3 to 2.5 hours. We may never know if the original 3 hours is an improvement, i personally dont think so. Some scenes are way too short, others linger too long. Margaret doesnt feel complete, a scene near the end of the film typifies this when what should be a shocking scene seems more of a joke and is badly misjudged.
The performances of the cast save Margaret, especially J. Smith Cameron and Anna Paquin who both deliver fiery performances which provide the backbone to the film. Paquins performance is one of the great depictions of what it feels like to be a teenager, a wonderful portrait of moral confusion and helplessness in a young woman who is completely out of her depth and who just wants to get some closure. Margaret is worth watching just for her performance, its a shame the film doesnt dazzle in the same way.
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Not quite the car crash expectedBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 09 Nov 2013Cant help but think that Fox Searchlight had the right idea when they notoriously didnt release Lonergans movie for five years until the director had wrangled it down to a more manageable size. For, while theres some really good stuff here notably Paquins passionate performance theres absolutely no reason why this slight tale should last nearly three hours. Paquin plays a teenager who goes to pieces after witnessing an horrific accident, much like the film itself.
Way too longBy a customer , 31 Oct 2013Way tooooooo long. I don't think the original 2. 5 hour film is available. Paquin plays a very self absorbed teenager, dealing some standard teenage problems and other not so normal. Then she witnesses (and may to blame) for the death of a woman in a traffic accident and takes a rather self absorbed involvement in the family dealings of that woman's family and friends. I think if this was edited to under 2 hours it would be much better.
Life is too short for movies like thisBy mj55 (171 reviews) , 30 Oct 2013I watched 90 mins of this 3 hour movie before giving up out of boredom. Rich Noo Ywork teenage brat makes the lives of those around her unbearable as she struggles with her conscience. Tedious and pretentious.
Tedious, pretentious, self-congratulatory But other than that....By Jakis (59 reviews) , 23 Oct 2013This could be a truly gripping film if someone hadn't told the director he was a genius. If I'm not mistaken he also wrote it. A sign worth noting because that rarely bodes well for anyone. I only lasted 45 minutes into this ponderous display of tedium. Yes the main character is well portrayed but she's playing a teenage girl - she's already self-absorbed and unlikeable. To the director - chop 45 mins of unnecessary dialogue and then go do 200 hours of community service to atone for the extended version of your film.
A Film Called, "Margaret."By Richie77777 (274 reviews) from Essex , 01 Sep 2013It just seems coincidental that Lisa sees a bus driver with a cow boy hat on, (at the start of the film), after having discussed how she wants one for when she visits her dad, in Texas I think it is, over the Summer. I also feel at the beginning of the film, she has the world at her feet, but you'll see as the film progresses that things fall apart for her. There are a couple of famous names among the teachers : Matthew Broderick is back in the classroom as a teacher. (It reminds me of when he was a teacher during, 'Election,') and good old Matt Damon - the Maths teacher. (Good Will Hunting - Maths prodigy anyone?!) I think this film illustrates how lonely people are. - Lisa and her mum. - Lisa has a few flings and her mum meets the famous French actor, (whos name escapes me!). Its a really good film, and even though, this being the director's cut, its comes in at 3 hours, I for one, didn't notice how long the movie was.