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Margaret (15)


A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

The critical consensus

Lonergan’s long-awaited second feature proves as flawed as it is ambitious. If two and a half hours in the company of quarrelsome, self-absorbed New Yorkers don’t sound too punishing, there’s much to like.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 30/11/2011

It’s a phoenix of a film, risen from the ashes of what looked alarmingly like failure, and it needs to be seen.

*****Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 01/12/2011

The resulting movie is stunning: provocative and brilliant, a sprawling neurotic nightmare of urban catastrophe, with something of John Cassavetes and Tom Wolfe, and rocket-fuelled by a superbly thin-skinned performance by Anna Paquin.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/12/2011

It’s actually more interesting as a portrait of Lonergan’s protracted struggle to say something profound about a subject that’s too chaotic for his chosen medium, making it a sort of unintentional companion piece to Synecdoche, New York.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/12/2011

It is an intermittently enjoyable but overlong and uneven film.

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 02/12/2011

he movie is poorly focused and Lonergan cannot have intended for his young heroine to be as insufferable and self-righteous as she appears in this version. It is nevertheless an intelligent, thoughtful film.

Philip French, The Observer, 04/12/2011

For all its flaws, Margaret is a big, serious, unashamedly intelligent film.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 04/12/2011

Haunting and thought-provoking despite flaws; an important post-9/11 movie with its own troubled mythology.

Ashley Clark, Little White Lies, 06/12/2011

As a rule, not many films left in post-production limbo for six years turn out to be worth the wait, but Margaret is an exquisite exception: knotty, ambitious and trading in messy human truths, it’s the work of a master dramatist. Here’s hoping Lonergan’s next one reaches us a little faster.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 09/12/2011

Features about Margaret (15)

Why is Fox trying to bury Margaret?

Tony Paley, The Guardian, 02/12/2011

Margaret (15)

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday December 23, 2011, until Thursday January 5, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday January 6, 2012, until Thursday January 12, 2012. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Wednesday January 11, 2012, until Friday January 13, 2012. More info:

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from Friday January 13, 2012, until Thursday January 19, 2012. More info:

macrobert, Stirling from Saturday January 14, 2012, until Sunday January 15, 2012. More info:

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