|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 The film is way too long, the film was originally made in 2005 but the producers could not agree on the length of the film until the director Kenneth Lonergan cut the film from 3 to 2.5 hours.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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Relax and go with it ...By a customer , 01 Dec 2012A terrific film. Smart sassy dialogue and quirky cinematography nake it seem shorter than it is. Just let it wash you along.
Avoid if you value your timeBy Chrisaljack (413 reviews) from Hellingly , 26 Nov 2012Took this one out of the player after about 30 minutes. If it improved after that - tough! I saw enough for a classic set up for a psychiatrist to get involved with an immature teenager: good luck!
One to avoidBy a customer , 22 Nov 2012One to avoid. I have just waisted 3 hours of my life
I can honestly say in my 53 years' on this earth this is
the worst film I have ever seen. You will thank me for not
watching this film!!!
DO NOT RENT THIS!By BadBoy7005 (2 reviews) , 21 Nov 2012When I first read who was starring in this which was the likes of Matt Damon and read the storyline I thought it would be a really good film to watch, was I wrong, the story is about some spoil bratt who distracts a bus driver which results in him running over and killing a pedestrian,it then shows the most horrible and graffic scene of a women about to croak, she spends the rest of the film trying to get the poor dude(bus driver) sent to prison even though she was the one who had distracted him, Matt Damon should not even be on the billing as he's in it for about 5 minutes if that, its one of those mad indie films which doesnt really make any sense and it s on for about 2 hours and a half - I was sad enough to watch it as I kept thinking It would get better and Matt Damon might morph into Jason Bourne, save yourself the trouble and don't watch this!
If you value your life and time do not watch this film!By a customer , 20 Nov 20123 hours of my life totally wasted. Good names in that cast but very let down. The run time says 140 (ish) mins but the only option on the disk was 'extended' version which lasted over 3 hours.
The cut away scenes lasted an increadible length of time which was dull and to the point of rediculous. It was an illogical mess with no firm storyline. The music over the top of the film bared no relevance to the scene or film. I think the director just wanted to squeeze in a complete opera soundtrack. The art house style approach to the film did not work. The 'artistic' scenes with background chatter just made the main character impossible to hear and again these scenes dragged.
All in all I am thoroughly dissappointed that I rented this film. My partner and I rarely have time together and decided to watch this film, it wasted 3 hours of our evening together and has left us both feeling a little bitter.