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The Skeleton Twins

Drama . Comedy . Romance

Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Actors: Kristen Wiig , Bill Hader , Luke Wilson , Ty Burrell , Boyd Holbrook , Joanna Gleason , Kathleen Rose Perkins , Ian Hyland , Adriane Lenox , Sydney Lucas
Directors: Craig Johnson
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-11
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  • Betsy Sharkey

    One of the better movies to come along this year.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This is only the second feature for the director: the first was "True Adolescents." But Mr. Johnson's work with his actors is impeccable, and his style is freewheeling.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    What's singular here isn't that the stars are playing brother and sister, or that they stir such sublime and anxious joy from each other. It's that the real love story isn't even between the damaged-but-lovable characters. It's between two profoundly depressed people and life itself.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    As we enter this season of big, important awards contenders that “matter,” The Skeleton Twins is a small, intimate gem that might truly matter. Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a smart movie about complicated people in search of something approaching inner peace.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What raises the movie above the herd and rocks our settled ideas of pop entertainment is the way Hader and Wiig resist the script's pull to tidy things up.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Wiig, following the big-screen breakthrough of "Bridesmaids," has dipped her toes into dramatic waters, but for Hader, The Skeleton Twins is a revelation.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's a shockingly vulnerable performance (Hader), one of the best I've seen all year.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Wiig and Hader give winning, finely nuanced turns in a film that deftly mixes light and dark. Also features the best use of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ since Mannequin…

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    An engaging comedy drama lifted by two revelatory performances. Wiig in particular suggests an Academy Award-winner-in-waiting.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    This is a film that deals with suicide, missed chances, depression, infidelity and more. Yet the movie itself isn't depressing, thanks to Hader, Wiig and director and co-writer Craig Johnson.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The Skeleton Twins is a well-written and acted movie about contemporary life that doesn’t strain for melodrama and is largely devoid of weepy soap opera theatrics. A small, precise, character-driven vignette, it has no pretensions to make any kind of grand statement about The Way We Live Now.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    We already know Kristen Wiig can act. So the real revelation in The Skeleton Twins is Bill Hader, who turns in a performance so overflowing with poignancy that he deserves to be considered on any early awards list.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sibling bonds are fertile territory for indie dramedies, but The Skeleton Twins distinguishes itself from the pack with a pair of knockout performances from “Saturday Night Live” veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, both of them exploring rewarding new dramatic range without neglecting their mad comedic skills.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Amber Wilkinson

    Johnson and co-writer Mark Heyman may be exploring familiar territory but they do so with a warmth, subtlety and honesty that marks it out.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Thomas Lee

    The Skeleton Twins suffers from a glaring deficit. Suicide is ever present throughout the film, yet Johnson never seriously examines it.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Finally, a post-“Bridesmaids” film that lets Kristen Wiig shine — and brilliantly taps into co-star Bill Hader’s vulnerable side, too.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    Craig Johnson's film is ultimately most interested in what its jokes are implying or obscuring about the jokesters themselves.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Judging by Johnson's previous feature, "True Adolescence," he's better at crafting characters with credible problems than finding equally credible ways of exploring them. Fortunately, in the case of Skeleton Twins, the actors do the legwork.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    I found The Skeleton Twins merely entertaining, but I’d love to see these two actors team up again, Tracy-and-Hepburn style, and make a string of movies together — maybe some that would venture further into the post–rom-com territory this one begins to explore.

    Slate Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    What saves the movie is its actors: Exploiting audience’s memories of their previous collaborations, Hader and Wiig really do seem related. And both actors handle the balance between drama and comedy with aplomb.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric D. Snider

    While it’s only modestly effective at the serious stuff, at least it’s free of sanctimony and preciousness. Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The bitter, funny dialogue by director Craig Johnson and co-writer Mark Heyman gives the two stars room to work both comic and dramatic sides of their gifts.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    And it's too bad The Skeleton Twins settles for tidy, slightly hollow narrative developments. The performers are ready to rip. For many they'll be enough.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Skeleton Twins may not be a wholly fleshed-out character study, and nobody here takes a flying leap out of his or her comfort zone. But the timing of this tale of depression, suicide and how vulnerable we all are to our past, our demons and our shortcomings, is enough to recommend this engagingly melancholy comedy.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Still, there's more here to like than to dislike in what ends up being a feel-good movie about a feel-bad topic, a la "Little Miss Sunshine."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    It helps that Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig) are cranky adult siblings, sharing a whip-crack shorthand that longtime skit partners know how to muster effortlessly.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Cory Everett

    It may not always work as a drama but The Skeleton Twins proves to be a fine showcase for Wiig and Hader, showing they are both capable of dramatic material.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    It’s worth a watch to see these two reliably comic actors do some heavy dramatic lifting and tenderly spot for each other.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Skeleton Twins has a pair of terrific, sharply etched lead performances, a polished, autumnal look, and some affecting moments where its protagonists bond. But to borrow a water-based metaphor from the film’s overflowing stock of them, The Skeleton Twins just lies there, cold and clammy, like a dead fish.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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