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Marriage Story Reviews

December 6, 2019
Noah Baumbach's latest film portrays both sides of a messy divorce, for once.
December 4, 2019
At its best, this movie is searing. It pinpoints many of the little talked-about aspects of divorce that seem the least significant but hurt the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
The entire cast is rock solid, with Johansson and Driver turning in two of the very best performances of their careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 1, 2019
It's a triumph, a mix of pleasure and pain that cuts so deep it leaves a scar. It hurts, but it hurts so good.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 27, 2019
Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 22, 2019
By the end, you're rooting for both Charlie and Nicole, hoping they find their own happiness despite all the bad things and the pain they caused one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2019
It's not quite as bleak as a Bergman film, although the late Swedish auteur is clearly an influence on Baumbach, as well as on Robbie Ryan's austere cinematography. But it leaves similar scorch marks upon the mind and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2019
You may find yourself crying for them occasionally; I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2019
I'm not buying every chapter of this Marriage Story, but there's enough material here to warrant a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2019
Noah Baumbach is the writer-director, and to watch such an incisive, deep-feeling script be given life by actors... at the top of their game is to rediscover movies as a powerful medium of personal expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 13, 2019
Marriage Story would never have made it as a must-see Noah Baumbach movie without Laura Dern, Ray Liotta and Alan Alda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2019
It's a film of devastating cumulative power, even-handed and empathetic in its approach to two characters whose relationship has broken down, but who still want the best for their child and each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 13, 2019
"Marriage Story" provides a case study in what has and hasn't changed when it comes to the complications of marriage, separation and parenthood.
November 13, 2019
It can be disheartening to watch these tropes play out over and over again without filmmakers seriously reflecting on the men's treatment of their spouses.
November 13, 2019
Maybe there's nothing terribly new in "Marriage Story." But it manages to make you forget that very fact, in surprising, affecting, singular and revelatory ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2019
You can feel the actors' joy in playing these long, almost theatrical scenes -- and the director's joy in seeing them take the script to a new level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 12, 2019
The performances at the heart and center of it, though, fill it up to the brim. The results are full and lived-in. Johansson and Driver knew what they had to do with this elemental material and its wild mood swings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 11, 2019
The divorce part fades in and out of focus while the marriage part unravels in flashbacks. Sometimes they drag on so long you can't tell the difference. Still, it's intelligent enough to like it a lot in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2019
Baumbach's main characters are written and acted straight as befits their personal integrity, but the rest of Marriage Story is done in a satirist's broad strokes - a penetrating, often inspired satirist.
November 8, 2019
What I keeping come back to when I think about [Marriage Story] is just how human it is. It feels really lived in. You feel like you know these characters.
November 8, 2019
"Marriage Story" is an emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple, a broken-family classic to set beside "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Fanny and Alexander..."
November 8, 2019
Both halves of Marriage Story involve laughter and tears, but Baumbach concentrates on making each character feel distinct rather than syncing up their plot arcs.
November 7, 2019
I'd say expect a lot from the movie and you won't be disappointed. It's a life-affirming, profoundly affecting classic.
November 7, 2019
"Marriage Story" is such a perfect blend of writing, unflashy direction, spot on performances and score (by Randy Newman) that you hardly even notice all the individual ingredients making up the whole. Its triumph is that it just feels like life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2019
It's hardly new territory, but Baumbach tackles the material with a mix of humor, anguish and absurdity that sustains interest, emphasizing how unpleasant and frustrating much of this can be.
November 6, 2019
How does a small tale of a broken marriage emerge as a major triumph and one of the very best movies of the year? When it's the best film yet from Baumbach with career highs from Driver and Johansson. It'll take a piece out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 5, 2019
Don't let its sweet title fool you: Director Noah Baumbach's latest may just be the best war movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2019
One of the morals of this story, chastening but also oddly encouraging, is that we don't ever really know one another, but we're nonetheless obligated to try.
November 5, 2019
Like the "Saving Private Ryan" of divorce dramedies...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2019
[The] blend of tones, with near-farce and emotional brutality blitzed together, is pure Baumbach, and he dishes it up for two hours straight.
October 30, 2019
Baumbach's most mature and generous work to date.
October 7, 2019
[A]n exquisite heartbreaker...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
September 11, 2019
Marriage Story can be as funny, in its sharp observations about behavior... But it's also a drama of startling insight and complexity, so confidently made (and so expertly shot on 35mm) that it evokes the art-house renaissance of the 1970s...
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 10, 2019
Charlie and Nicole are as fully realized as two people in a domestic drama have been in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 9, 2019
This is hilarious, heartbreaking cinema - a work that will make you burst out laughing one moment, and leave you tearing your hair out the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 1, 2019
The joys, grace notes and riches of Baumbach's latest are endless.
September 1, 2019
A marriage can't be defined by a single emotion. It's an all-consuming force that can lead to euphoric rushes and eat away at your insides, sometimes within moments of each other. Marriage Story perfectly encapsulates these feelings.
August 30, 2019
Marriage Story is a fearsome cautionary tale, long and painfully detailed, a divorce horror story to put alongside Kramer vs. Kramer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2019
Baumbach never tries to reconcile the messy vicissitudes of human relations, and so he draws us in deeper. Nor is does he take shortcuts for emotional effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2019
I suspect almost anyone who has dissolved a seemingly perfect union can relate to at least some of Marriage Story, especially if there are children involved.
August 29, 2019
The film never loses its sense of humour and absurdity. Somehow, in spite of the bleakness of the subject matter, it feels more redemptive than despairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2019
As he did with the underrated While We're Young, Baumbach is turning his signature comedies of urban dissatisfaction into something more universal. He has earned these scars.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2019
A powerful reminder that every breakup story looks familiar until it happens to you, and then the truth hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 29, 2019
The writing is suitably dense and literate, though Baumbach really cherishes the characters as individuals - it never feels as if Nicole and Charlie are avatars for his own poetic musings on the differences between love and fidelity.
August 29, 2019
It has fine performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, a family-pack of box-fresh dialogue and a keen sense of its own absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2019
Since 2005, Baumbach has had an extraordinary run of films with deeply flawed, often exasperating characters who are nonetheless always capable of growth and redemption.
August 29, 2019
Marriage Story may often resemble a tug of war between its stars, but it's on both of their sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2019
Baumbach's best yet.
August 29, 2019
It's the work of a major film artist, one who shows that he can capture life in all its emotional detail and complexity - and, in the process, make a piercing statement about how our society now works.