100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A friend asked: "Wouldn't you love to attend a wedding like that?" In a way, I felt I had. Yes, I began to feel absorbed in the experience. A few movies can do that, can slip you out of your mind and into theirs.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A triumph -- Demme's finest work since "The Silence of the Lambs," and a movie that tingles with life.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Jonathan Demme's superb rule-bending, heartrending and family-mending drama - ends with a wedding, it resists conventions as brazenly as does the bride's sister.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The life that swirls around Kym before, during and after her sister's densely populated, wonderfully detailed wedding seems to have been caught on the fly in all its sweetness, sadness and joy. (In its free-form style the film constitutes an elaborate homage to Robert Altman.)
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie's few false notes come from Lumet's script, which can be overly explanatory. Because Demme is opting for present-tense realism, the characters are forced to fill us in on who did what when to whom, why, and how.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At its best in scenes featuring Hathaway's mercurial character. It's a triumphant and darkly nuanced role for her and a departure from the more lighthearted comedic performances she has given.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A fine ensemble piece, but a maddening and unjustified length.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.