Rachel Getting Married Reviews

  • 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

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