|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 The film is way too long, the film was originally made in 2005 but the producers could not agree on the length of the film until the director Kenneth Lonergan cut the film from 3 to 2.5 hours.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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Absolute drivelBy a customer , 26 Feb 2013While the film starts off quite well, then has a scene that promises a lot of what is to come, it quickly descends into one great big disappointment. It's not often I don't finish watching a film, but on this occasion I just couldn't stick with it.
An intelligent and subtle filmBy a customer , 24 Feb 2013A very intelligent subtle film covering many ethical issues. Funny at times it is over-long and tries to cover too much. Anna Paquin is brilliant as the teenager confronting guilt and lost innocence in the hugeness of her New York world. It has a European feel to it with excellent cutting leaving the big stuff off screen and managing to mostly avoid the usual American wallowing in slush stuff.
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Terrible,boring,pointless,too longBy Member46 (1 review) , 23 Feb 2013The worse film I've ever seen. 3 hours of your life you can't get back. Really really really bad. awful. Don't waste your time with this.
Bad SoapBy a customer , 20 Feb 2013The first hour of this film wasn't great but had promise. The next hour and a half or whatever felt like an eternity. It was like watching a really bad soap - so many pointless plotlines thrown in. I've sat through plenty of films I didn't like but this is the first that moved me to write a review.
Margaret - marmite movie - love it or hate itBy MelissaMarabamma (247 reviews) from South Coast UK , 13 Feb 2013I have not worked out why the script writer wrote this film and I do not like being unable to work out the purpose and motivation of artists. I think it is a marmite movie - love it or hate it. Definitely different from the usual themes.