'Rachel Getting Married' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   5 reviews
85%
Rotten Tomatoes:   193 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Demme's finest work since The Silence of the Lambs, and a movie that tingles with life.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Has an undeniable and authentic vitality, an exuberance of spirit, that feels welcome and rare.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    [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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    This is an amazing movie... the best work from Mr. Demme since his classic Something Wild.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    By the time you leave the theater, you feel like you were one of the guests. I, for one, was happy for the invitation.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    A minor work, but so menaced by distress that the characters take every opportunity to dance the dark away.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Apart from the story, which is interesting enough, Rachel Getting Married is like the theme music for an evolving new age.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Bravo to Demme, Lumet, and three extraordinary actresses.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    It's Hathaway's extraordinary performance that is the film's brightest accomplishment.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    With a powerhouse performance in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway slams shut the book on princess diaries and such with authority.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ronnie Scheib Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Worth celebrating as an overdue return to form by '80s icon Jonathan Demme.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    Rachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding.
    Full Review » 5 years ago