Demme's finest work since The Silence of the Lambs, and a movie that tingles with life.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Has an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
I found these heart-on-sleeve sequences really charming and open, and the people in them looked like real human beings and not actors - overemotional, perhaps, but overemotional in the way real people are at real weddings.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Rachel Getting Married is 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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The film is Demme-esque, harking back to the darkness and emotional complexity of The Silence of the Lambs and the madcap energy of Something Wild.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet have given us an epic rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception that's half-cabaret, half group-therapy session, and completely multiracial, multicultural, and multisensory.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The script was written by Jenny Lumet in a loose, graceful style that allows the story to flow -- or sometimes ramble -- freely, and gives the actors all the room they need to invent and discover as they go along.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
[Demme] brings a hand-held non-fiction sensibility that transforms what might have been yet another train-wreck bridal melodrama... into an abrasive but impossibly moving document of loss.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
This is an amazing movie... the best work from Mr. Demme since his classic Something Wild.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
By the time you leave the theater, you feel like you were one of the guests. I, for one, was happy for the invitation.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
A minor work, but so menaced by distress that the characters take every opportunity to dance the dark away.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Apart from the story, which is interesting enough, Rachel Getting Married is like the theme music for an evolving new age.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Hathaway, DeWitt, Irwin and especially Winger are working at a very high level. So is their director. His intuition regarding how to film this particular milestone event, and the stories unfolding in the margins, turned out to be just right.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Alternately funny and gripping, this feature marks a welcome return to original drama for director Jonathan Demme, who's spent the last decade preoccupied with documentaries, concert movies, and remakes.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Bravo to Demme, Lumet, and three extraordinary actresses.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's Hathaway's extraordinary performance that is the film's brightest accomplishment.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's a successful experiment that leaves you with a mix of hope and despair. To the lovers, best wishes. To the lonely, our sympathies.
Tom Long - Detroit News
With a powerhouse performance in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway slams shut the book on princess diaries and such with authority.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
I hope that Rachel Getting Married is enough of a hit to sustain [Demme's] career of cinematic good works. And I hope also that Ms. Winger gets a long overdue Oscar for best supporting actress, as she is that without a doubt.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Acted and written with enormous style but with front and back doors open to experiment and surprise, it's a film that challenges you to keep a jogger's pace to keep up with it, then leaves you breathless.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Brimming with energy, elan and the unpredictability of his Something Wild, Jonathan Demme's triumphant Rachel Getting Married may just lay the wedding film to rest, being such a hard act to follow.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
Worth celebrating as an overdue return to form by '80s icon Jonathan Demme.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Rachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Rachel Getting Married is a lot like life: always moving, forever unpredictable and forever getting in the way of best-laid plans.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
There is jagged pain, but joy too; there is love and simmering hatred, laughter and anger, feelings stripped bare and buoyed up. All these opposites compellingly co-exist in Rachel Getting Married.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
With Rachel Getting Married, Demme has once again scaled back, making a picture that has some of the ease and warmth of his earlier movies.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
All this music and movement lends the movie a shaggy, Altman-esque texture, a sense that its scope is wider than any one character's story.
Dana Stevens - Slate
At times, the movie gets bogged down in minutia but the emotions evoked and captured are as honest and brutal as one is likely to find on film.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A film whose lightness of touch rides a wave of family conflict to perfectly balance smiles and tears.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
No doubt it was fun assembling so many close associates, but like Kym, Demme doesn't know when enough is enough for those who aren't part of the family circle.
David Germain - Associated Press
The question before us is: When exactly did Jonathan Demme lose his sense of humor?
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Demme calls Rachel Getting Married a "home movie." A home run is more like it, going deep into the joy and pain of being human.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A filmmaker for nearly 35 years, [Demme] has both the experience and the temperament to be a hang-loose perfectionist with this kind of off-the-cuff yet pointed material.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Like a family reunion with its share of embarrassing moments, it may be worth attending all the same.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
Rachel Getting Married is an extraordinary achievement.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Pulsates with life
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Like being forced to sit through an overly long wedding video in the living room of a couple you hardly even know.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Kym crashes through her family and the weekend, careening off real and imaginary obstacles with a fierce yet still sympathetic rancor. It's the home movie you hope never to see of your life, impeccably filled with color and on-set live music and life and
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Only those who are willing to forego the many imperfections in the loosey-goosey script and Demme's improvisational style will feel the acting makes the film worth seeing.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
By the time the Ganesha cake is cut, you're left with the poodle as the only family member worthy of empathy.
Alicia Potter - Boston Phoenix
The messiness that goes with genuinely flawed and complex people is what makes the film ring so true and cut so deep.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Most noteworthy for Anne Hathaway's absorbing, Oscar-nominated portrayal of a disturbed soul desperate to control the demons derailing her reality.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
It's a lovely movie, with abundant charm and no fear of suffering.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...an alternatingly intriguing and maddening cinematic experience...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The only real surprise is that someone doesn't break into "Burning Down the House" at the rehearsal dinner.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
This isn't the kind of melodrama where a happy facade is slowly torn away-the tensions are there from the start and no one has illusions that things are nice and rosy.
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
Jonathan Demme has struck a brilliant balance here, delivering a film that looks, sounds and feels painfully honest, while making it entertaining as well as deeply truthful.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The pace never slackens, the prattle is relentless. And in the end I was moved.
Evan Williams - The Australian
The screenplay is fairly standard and even has a few cracks in it, but this film does have exceptional performances. Those performances lift this film above mediocrity.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Consegue estabelecer, atraves do recorte de apenas um fim-de-semana na vida de seus personagens, um retrato profundamente complexo e tocante das relacoes entre os integrantes de uma familia marcada pela tragedia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I went with it most of the way.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Demme...allows events to meander at times, but his cast is deft and emotionally direct.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
A wedding invitation I was very happy to have accepted.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
The film's only drawback is that, like Kym, it doesn't know when to stop. The intimate feel of a home movie is uniformly matched by an over-indulgent running time.
Jenni Dawes - FILMINK (Australia)
Those who surrender to Demme's disarming, almost participatory technique will find themselves overwhelmed, exhilarated and inspired by the eternal possibilities of cinema.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out Sydney
Hathaway's performance has been deservedly nominated for an Oscar. Whether or not she wins, here's hoping the associated kudos saves her from ever having to do another Bride Wars.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
You won't always love these characters. But you'll always love watching them.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's good to see Anne Hathaway challenged in an emotionally dense role and here she gives a star turn as the vulnerable Kym whose despicable behaviour is a cry for help
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Like the guest who's overstayed his welcome by a week, the camera simply can't take a clue when it's time to move on. Presenting Runaway Bride's sequel: 'Runaway Bridal Party.'
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Demme has made two of my favorite films, Philadelphia and Melvin and Howard as well as the classic The Silence of the Lambs. In his latest movie Rachel Getting Married, the lambs never stop bleating. And they're dysfunctional.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Hathaway does well enough and one can understand Kym attempting to kill herself in the family car before happily returning to rehab. At the end, I felt like entering the Priory for a schmaltz detox.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Demme's watchful approach reveals that even Kym has a good side. Weddings are rarely quite as calamitous as Rachel's, but they are often events at which tensions are overcome and embarrassments forgiven.
Edward Porter - Sunday Times (UK)
Wandering aimlessly, it immerses the viewer in a never-ending series of song and dance, wedding toasts, and family feuds.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Anne Hathaway's overrated, but Rosemarie DeWitt? There's an Oscar waiting to happen.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Anne Hathaway turns up at some nice lady's wedding and rudely upstages her and the proceedings.
Holly Grigg-Spall - Film4
Though the revelations it builds towards may seem a little obvious, Demme's deeply humane (and often very funny) film ensures they never feel anything less than true.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Packed with wry humour, decent performances and with a deep understanding of what makes our relatives so wonderful and exasperating at the same time.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
Director Jonathan Demme, who says he wanted to make "the most beautiful home movie ever made", didn't rehearse scenes before filming. He and Hathaway, as much as Lumet, deserve praise for creating a pariah at once close-to-home and unique.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
Admirers of the film will find it Altmanesque. I found it messy, unstructured and old hat.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
The film, like the shindig, ends up dissolving in a schmaltzy brew of make-do-and-mend, complete with a sari-clad wedding accompanied by multi-ethnic music, whose PC touchy-feeliness one hopes is a joke but fears is not.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
It's not Demme's most polished film, granted - but dysfunction is all the more piercing when you don't put a gloss on it.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
This is a film you'll probably love and hate in equal measure.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
If anyone can claw the Oscar statuette from Kate Winslet's eager hands, it's likely to be Anne Hathaway for her brittle, emotionally ragged performance as a recovering drug addict.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
It's Altman-esque, in good and bad ways, though by the end I confess I felt like the traditional mother of the bride, my eyes filling up helplessly even as I begged, "no more".
Anthony Quinn - Independent
One of Hollywood's forgotten masters and one of its brightest new actresses team for what could well be an Oscar wild card.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
Like any real wedding, it's fraught with tension and acts as a catalyst to ignite simmering tensions.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
You'll be very glad you were invited because this is a friendly, unpretentious bash, with not a meringue dress in sight. The speeches are funny, the music is ace and the mood falls just the right side of sentimental mushiness.
Ellen E Jones - Little White Lies
Cathartic, uplifting and lacking the earnestness that Hollywood ladles over addiction movies, this beautifully wrought piece is a joy.
Kat Brown - thelondonpaper
Anne is okay, much stronger performances by Rosemary Dewitt, Tunde Adembimpe & Bill Irwin. Lush, rich, cultural music spices already fresh, alive family gathering scenes.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
I don't usually fall for it when an actor or actress deglams, yet Anne Hathaway redeems the practice here.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Demme may be aiming at an inclusive message about the modern balm of family love - it all seems a little forced, emotions regimented by therapy-speak and aching political correctness.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
The undercurrent of love fights with the overcurrent of resentment in Rachel Getting Married, a movie incredibly alive, honest, and messy.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Good acting lifts the film above the din of dysfunction, but just barely.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Anne Hathaway shatters her "Princess Diaries" past for good with Rachel Getting Married
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Demme keeps a close eye on his shaggy family drama and, by assembling it, creates a platform for numerous natural performers to shine.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
Among moments of humor and heartbreaking beauty... the twinned performances of Hathaway and DeWitt shine.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Better to spend some time with Rachel at the wedding than with Margot at the Wedding.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Rachel Getting Married is one of the most alive things you'll see all year.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The film succeeds where [Margot at the Wedding] failed for several reasons, most notably a remarkably intimate spirit; a tone that rings true through comedy, tragedy and back again; great, great music from start to finish; and an amazing, career-best perf
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Ultimately, this is a performance piece, and Demme has brought out the best of his cast of fine actors gaining award-worthy turns.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
A sometimes-brilliant film that can barely stand under the weight of its self-inflicted festoonery of doo-daddery.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Hathaway's Kym strikes like a venomous snake when her demons are provoked, and yet she never lets go of the guilt that makes her believe she deserves the loathing ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Demme's capturing of the communal spirit of weddings and harsh reunions creates something quite honest and refreshing, with an unusual energy that more films could use.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The plot sounds like a downer, but it culminates in a dreamily exuberant wedding-and-reception scene. By examining the slow and incomplete, but true, power of pure rehabilitative strength and forgiveness, this is one of the very best films of 2008.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The dramatic moments do make an impact, and the tears they draw from you will scald.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
... perfectly calibrates the gradual revealing of the family dynamics, while dragging you through a gamut of strong emotions -- not necessarily the most enjoyable experience.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
...you feel you've spent some time with three-dimensional characters, rather than a houseful of cardboard cutouts.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
That's the miraculous thing about Demme's beautiful, harrowing, and utterly humane film -- that for long stretches it doesn't feel like a movie at all, but like a document of someone else's real life.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
It so perfectly captures the rhythms and ribaldry of a long nuptial weekend that by the time it's over you'd swear you were one of the guests.
Sharon Chapman - Kansas City Star
Rosemary Dewitt is fantastic.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Even Hathaway's remarkable, Oscar-worthy performance can't save it.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Anne Hathaway is the only reason to witness the rambling Rachel Getting Married.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Given to jarring shifts between lucid insight and cataclysmic meltdowns, Hathaway makes Kym seem like a real person rather than a cartoonish concoction.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Demme focuses on family as the place where, when you have no where else to go, they have to take you in. The emotional force from the characters is of hurricane strength.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
It's a superb achievement, and Demme's best foray into fiction since The Silence of the Lambs.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
From one masterstroke after another, [Demme] builds a portrait of a resilient family. Yet nothing in it is studied or self-conscious. This director never sweats the small stuff. He treasures it.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The comedy-drama not only boasts what might be [Hathaway's] best big-screen performance, it's one of the best things she's appeared in so far.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Has an improvised, documentary feel that jibes beautifully with the characters' own, often fumbling attempts to find the right form for their affections.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
There's so much joy in this movie... and also such pain.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Solid proof that a groundbreaking setup isn't necessary when intense, lived-in performances, impeccable timing and sharp, realistic dialogue are at hand.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
It's no coincidence that Hathaway's character arrives at her pregnant sister's wedding 'nine months clean,' a gestation period that has given birth to -- what?
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A life- and love-affirming work of artistry and compassion.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hathaway's thin-skinned performance, full of hurt, anger and desire for acceptance, transfixes throughout.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Letting the movie breathe is the key to knowing the subtleties of Kym and her family. Lumet's plotting may not be clever, but her characterization is, and the actors are up to the task.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Rachel Getting Married is Ordinary People turned inside out.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Although Anne Hathaway delivers a haunting performance, it's an invitation you might consider declining - until the dvd.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The movie compares not to other movies but to life. That's how it gets under the skin and why it's a breakthrough for Hathaway, who so skillfully evokes the paradoxically comforting and dissociating regression of returning to a messy nest.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
At first I wasn't buying it, but the actors, especially Hathaway, turn what could have been a contrived story into an intriguing character study.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
In case you aren't sufficiently annoyed by the real weddings you can't wiggle out of, meet Rachel Buchman and her problem-child sister Kym.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Superbly directed, emotionally engaging drama with a terrific central performance from Anne Hathaway.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Hathaway vaults several stages along in her career with an intense yet sympathetic turn as the deeply-troubled, acid-tongued Kym.
Fionnuala Halligan - Screen International
Rachel Getting Married has the sense to recognize that it only takes one lunatic to throw a family gathering out of kilter; this is not an exercise in competitive crazy like last year's irritating Margot at the Wedding.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Despite the jittery look, it reminded me of one of those talky '50s melodramas where people crack jokes while their hearts break.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The much-hyped Rachel Getting Married is an ambitous melding of the wedding movie and the my-sister's-a-nightmare movie
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Rachel Getting Married is a portrait of a family reeling with pain and resentment -- and rising to the challenge of dealing with it head-on.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Jonathan Demme's brilliant new film is messy the way life is messy. Its power sneaks up on you.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Demme's shaky-cam I'm-not-trying approach actually screams the opposite, but scriptwriter Jenny Lumet and a terrific cast credibly transport you into the middle of a family maelstrom anyway.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
A fractured American family that's bracingly honest and relatable.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An insightful film with a powerful performance at the core.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Wrenching and uncompromising, but not without an all-important glimmer of hope. Hathaway's performance is one that Oscar voters would be remiss to overlook.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A great example of a "little" movie, both in its story and its aesthetic; it's also a reminder that littleness doesn't keep a film from touching greatness.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Captures what has to be one of the coolest and most emotionally enthralling wedding celebrations ever. It's simply a great movie.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
What lingers in Jenny Lumet's script isn't just the fireworks, it's the calm between them where the wedding party toasts the hope of building love from the chaos of life.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A cluttered cinematic hullabaloo that seems more interested in music acts, dance routines and long-winded, impromptu speeches than in fashioning an effective dramatic arc.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A return to form for Jonathan Demme, acting tour-de-force for Hathaway, and simply one of the best films of the year.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
A mature movie that will appeal to a mature audience.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hollywood should make more movies like Rachel Getting Married, but with a little more humility and a proper sense of timing.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
This emotionally wrenching drama is an actors' showcase, a primer on quick-and-dirty filmmaking that nonetheless looks beautiful, and a welcome-to-the-big-leagues party for Anne Hathaway.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
While I admire the film for its performance tenacity, I also wanted to unleash a Louisville Slugger on the projector during stretches of the feature.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
There's no denying the heavy burden of guilt and shame that weighs on [Hathaway], nor the film's ability to unravel family tension like stitches tearing open.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
... the resolution is neither neat nor expected. True to [director Jonathan] Demme, it's honest and generous and very human.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This is not just Demme's most thematically, emotionally and narratively ambitious project since the masterpiece that was "Something Wild," it may well be the best thing that he has done since that film.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
As a recovering addict on the verge of imploding Hathaway is the stuff that Oscar dreams of.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
For all the familiar terrain it plows -- dysfunctional clan comes unglued, regroups -- the movie is not without its sly rewards, one of which is Anne Hathaway.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
There's warmth aplenty in Rachel Getting Married, and a little anarchy. But it's the authenticity that's lacking.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Anchored by a revelatory performance by Anne Hathaway as a little-girl-lost hiding behind an abrasive narcissist, "Rachel Getting Married" ... is almost a new form of filmmaking.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's a great piece of acting -- high drama at the service of the highest talent.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject -- the raw nerves of American family life with -- and draws fresh blood.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Demme turns to Dogme-style filmmaking with this intimate family drama that's both funny and harrowing
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
'Rachel Getting Married' is a poignant and provocative drama that gives insight to hidden emotions within a family.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
A veritable orgy of family angst.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
The magic of the inverted suspense belongs in part to Demme's bold structure, which requires the patience to let scenes build, and in part to Anne Hathaway whose fierce and quivering performance is astonishing.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
Director Jonathan Demme's latest isn't so much enjoyed or savoured as appreciated, even admired, for its skill and daring.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
If Rachel Getting Married were a real movie, it would be one of the worst of the year. Luckily, it's not a real movie, so Snow Angels, Mad Money and Fool's Gold need not worry about the competition.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The usually lovable Anne Hathaway takes a dark turn as the spoiler at a long wedding weekend, and helps deliver a close-up, gut-wrenching tale of family ties.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Rachel Getting Married, [Demme's] newest feature, is a return to the low-budget, low-stress roots of Citizens Band and Melvin and Howard.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...a vibrant portrayal of familial devotion, with all of its bitter little conflicts and buried sorrows.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Has more in common with the great Dogme film The Celebration than last year's overacted Margot at the Wedding.
Marco Cerritos - Boxoffice Magazine
In Rachel Getting Married, Jonathan Demme takes what could have been another routine trip to dysfunction junction and turns it into a truthful and revelatory celebration of humanity.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The kind of film where everyone on screen is having a lot more fun than the audience.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Throbs with life from title to credits, employing perhaps the most authentic characters you'll see on screen this year.
Alissa Wilkinson - Christianity Today
Intense, insightful family drama celebrates love.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
There's a real joy there -- genuine feelings of warmth that the cinema rarely manages to convey with such unalloyed sincerity.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
an unfunny, more conventionally "likable" version of Margot at the Wedding
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
At its best, this movie feels like a real experience, thanks to terrific performances and Demme's informal direction.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The movie registers as a restoration of the richly humane, pre-indie ensemble drama that Demme and Woody Allen defined in the 1980s.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Rachel Getting Married's social scale and emotional fullness would do Renoir and Altman proud -- still it's Demme's genuine vision.
Armond White - New York Press
[T]he film is a compelling mix of painful comedy and revelatory tragedy, but when we get to the wedding reception, director Jonathan Demme gets completely distracted by the musicians he's cast to perform in the film.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Jumping from the dreariness of the familial drama to the good cheer of the concluding ceremony proves more than a little jarring, but the tensions inherent in the film's split personality work in its favor.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Something old (cinema verite), something new (combo Buddhist-African matrimonial ambiance), something borrowed (Robert Altman) and something blue (the whole family). The Devil Wears Bridesmaid Garb.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A powerful family drama that reveals when forgiveness is hard, compassion is a healing balm.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Genuinely understands and tenderly expresses how messy, complicated, troubled and compassionate familial relationships can be.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Anne Hathaway does not cut it in films that are not fables.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The roving camerawork becomes the instrument for thematic rambling and a confined, suffocating marital drama that sparkles with the family treasure -- Hathaway's breakout emotional magnetism.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
For a film featuring a tour de force performance from a two-time Teen Choice Award nominee, it's almost unfathomably dark and emotionally tough.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
It is a classic dramatic construct. Rachel Getting Married is a classic deconstruction. It is a minor masterpiece.
David Poland - Movie City News
Rachel Getting Married has the disadvantage of arriving soon after Margot at the Wedding
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
... a moving story that appeals to your heart and soul without insulting your intelligence, a film full of big scenes that never stoops to the most obvious possible iteration of those big scenes ...
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Quite frankly, in Demme's insistence that the film be so Altmanesque in its realism that he loses focus of the story that matters most.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Generous and kind and even moving at times.
Dave White - Movies.com
Demme and Lumet's collaboration hangs, often brilliantly, on the contradictions in those multiple meanings, and those contradictions produce the multiple effect of feeling raw, knocked about, and strangely spiritualized post-viewing.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
As the family's neurotic outsider, Anne Hathaway gives her richest, Oscar-worthy performance to date
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com