New York Times - 11/16/2007
"[O]ften mercilessly, squirm-inducingly funny....Ms. Leigh and Mr. Black have never been better..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/23/2007
"Baumbach possesses an infernally charming skill at leavening discomfort with wit, and a superb ear for the rhythms of chattering-class pscyho-destruction." -- Grade: A-
Box Office - 12/01/2007
"Kidman has rarely been this fine....[Leigh] matches some of her best early work..."
Rolling Stone - 11/29/2007 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Baumbach, with acute intelligence and annihilating wit, writes people with flaws we can recognize as our own....Leigh and Kidman ignite in wounding scenes..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/21/2007
"[T]here is a rawness to the characterization in this lacerating film that pushes family drama right to the edge."
Empire - 03/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Baumbach] again delivers the perfect, pithy dialogue which so impressed in the past....There is no doubting Baumbach's craft and talent."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2008
"[Kidman] delivers a marvellous portrait of fragile egotism -- snide and hubristic, at once sharply perceptive and staggeringly insensitive."
Ultimate DVD - 05/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an interesting experience fuelled by some excellent performances, not least from Black who proves he's not just a one trick comedy pony."
Writer-director Noah Baumbach follows up his Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE with another bitingly funny and painfully honest dissection of family life. This time around, the topic is sisterhood. Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her adolescent son Claude (Zane Pais) take a train from New York City to Long Island, where Margot's sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is about to get married to Malcolm (Jack Black). Even though Margot is a successful writer with a compassionate husband (John Turturro), she is repressed, bitter, insecure, and angry, and she takes out her frustrations on anyone and everyone around her. Pauline is initially happy that her sister has decided to come to the wedding, but she quickly realizes that Margot is still her terrible old self. Over the course of a few days, past conflicts erupt and present conflicts explode, threatening not only to put a damper on the wedding, but to ruin it completely.
Baumbach's gift for dialogue is unmatched. His seemingly effortless ability to blend humor with seriousness makes it difficult to categorize MARGOT AT THE WEDDING as a drama or a comedy, for it is both. Kidman proves that her Academy Award wasn't a fluke, delivering a fearless performance that is at times difficult to watch in its virulence. Baumbach's wife, Leigh, is her typically exceptional self, but it's Black who is the film's true revelation, playing it straight like never before, to heartbreaking effect. Featuring stark naturalistic photography by the great Harris Savides (GERRY, ZODIAC), MARGOT AT THE WEDDING is another major accomplishment from Baumbach.
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