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100
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.
100
A triumph -- Demme's finest work since "The Silence of the Lambs," and a movie that tingles with life.
100
A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Intriguing, disturbing, uplifting evocation. In fact, to watch this film is to engage in participatory art -- for better and for worse, through sickness and in health, we're drawn deeply in.
100
Hathaway carries you on an emotional whirligig that can be horrifying and funny, hopeful and devastating.
88
The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.
88
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.
80
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.)
80
The Hollywood Reporter
A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears.
75
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.
50
A fine ensemble piece, but a maddening and unjustified length.

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