Marriage Story Reviews

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November 15, 2019
I'm not buying every chapter of this Marriage Story, but there's enough material here to warrant a look.
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.
November 14, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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