100

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece that refuses to follow the strictures of conventional cinematic structure, instead leading the audience on a circuitous journey down the myriad rabbit holes that comprise modern-day Manhattan.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Who knows what movie Lonergan was searching for in all that footage? But what emerges from the tinkering and legal skirmishes is an occasional marvel, a kind of everyday highbrow social X-ray, Paul Mazursky by way of Krzysztof Kieslowski.
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80

Movieline

It's not a film that's easy to love, but like a song you at first can't stand but then end up humming all day, it works its way past your defenses and curls in close.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Margaret - titled after a poem - reflects its adolescent subject with striking accuracy. It can be frustrating and self-important, clumsy and naive. But it's also passionate, curious and filled with insight, so unafraid in its ambitions that even the flaws are interesting. Every bold vision requires respect; a few deserve celebration. This is one of them, imperfections and all.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Besides Paquin, who delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance as the maddeningly inconsistent Lisa, also wrenchingly fine are Jeannie Berlin as the best friend of the deceased and J. Smith-Cameron as Lisa's actress mother.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A half hour before the finish, Margaret loses altitude and starts looking for a place, any place, to land. Instead it crashes, in slow motion. But up until then, Margaret is committed and unusual.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lonergan's dialogue can sweep you up in a whoosh of personality and ideas, but it's hard to see what, apart from ego, convinced him that this story was so epic.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
For a 90-minute movie, Margaret has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Fine performances and bristling language compel in this overlong, often off-putting but well-observed New York story.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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