(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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90
A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret.
90
Chicago Reader
It has all the virtues of fine stage drama: narrative economy, honest emotion, and characters so closely defined that the most pedestrian encounters between them are revelatory.
80
Remarkable for its seamless ensemble performances.
75
Downbeat but ultimately hopeful, it's a domestic tragedy that cuts clearly to the bone, finding emotional nuance among the family's knotty secrets and dense layers of subterfuge.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Always engaging and often compelling.
70
Variety
Sensitive directorial bow by editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld and solid performances lend conviction if not quite distinction to the drama Marion Bridge.
70
Story of small triumphs and everyday sorrows is never maudlin or sentimental.
63
New York Daily News
This Canadian film is extraordinarily low-key, considering the explosive secrets the sisters unearth, but that is part of its strength.
60
If von Carolsfeld had worked more surprises into her style and presentation, Marion Bridge wouldn't live down to its genre stereotype so readily.
50
New York Post
An earnest, if dreary little Canadian domestic drama.

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