|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 The film is way too long, the film was originally made in 2005 but the producers could not agree on the length of the film until the director Kenneth Lonergan cut the film from 3 to 2.5 hours.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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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.
Excellent 1 star movie!By Nootlin (134 reviews) from London , 08 Jul 2013This is a difficult movie to get through, I was left wishing that the cut version released in cinemas was made available on DVD rather than this 3-hour epic crawl. Because the story of a 17-year old coming to terms with an accident, and dragging everyone, guilty or innocent, into her pubetic (probably not a word) maelstrom, is fascinating, and the movie does have a fresh energy to it in occasional, fantastic spurts. But the rest, I'm afraid, is growing pains. Anna Paquin is great as a troubled teen, dealing with the aftermath of an accident she is partially responsible for. She's also wholly unlikeable. At times the movie heads towards coming-of-age melodrama, where you might be encouraged to empathize or at least sympathize with the character. But she makes it really hard to do either. Which is fine, that would be an interesting character to travel with. Except the filmmakers believe that New York is also a star of this movie, and go for long sweeping panorama's for little reason, they focus on alternative conversations to the one you want to listen to, for little reason, and ultimately the tragic character played by Anna Paquin (she's not Margaret; there is a Margaret in the movie, but you'd be hard-pressed to find her) gives you no way in. Margaret is a four star movie, minus three stars for arty pretentiousness. It's the kind of movie you don't want to switch off before the end, but also one through which you can easily tweet while you're waiting for the next great scene.
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Hard workBy OMC (8 reviews) , 23 Jun 2013Anna Paquin and others give fine acting performances, but this is LONG, and drawn out. At times this makes for torturous viewing for anyone who doesn't have to deal with self indulgent, self absorbed, dramatic and naive teenage girls who thinks the world revolves around them on a daily basis. 'Lisa' is not particularly likeable, and her growing obsession on persecuting a man because of her belated guilt, and need for drama in relation to her role in an accident makes it hard work to keep engaged with the story. It felt like I lost an entire afternoon of my life, not 3 hours.
A True SnoozathonBy stevenw05 (49 reviews) , 15 Jun 2013The person involved in the accident had the easy way out at least she did not have to endure 3 hours of drivel. Anna Paquin is a terrific actress and played this role well but even she could not hold this borefest yogether. Over long and pure indulgence by the director. Give it a miss.
Worth Sleeping Through!By a customer , 13 Jun 2013If you take a nap on a Sunday afternoon then place this disc in your player. I'm afraid that is all that it is worth. With Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo in the cast I did expect better but they only had 'two-bit' parts and not amounting to 10 minutes of 2 hours of boredom. How previous viewers managed to rate this with 5 stars is well beyond my comprehension! It seemed to me that the director was given a weak 45 minute script and asked to stretch it out to 140 minutes. We were in schoolrooms and discussion groups that had nothing to do with the plot, twice we watched aircraft slowly traverse the sky and all too frequently we had the cameras pan New York landscape for no specific reason. Conclusion: Boring ... give it a miss!