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568 Ratings

The Skeleton Twins

Directed by Craig Johnson
United States, 2014


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.

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The Skeleton Twins Directed by Craig Johnson

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

National Board of Review

2014 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

The film ends up doling out some fairly trite wisdom bombs and an apparently-mandatory ironic karaoke sequence (to Starship) as well as opting for an unnecessarily elaborate finale which rings more of empty cinematic spectacle than a truthful outlet for character pain.
November 06, 2014
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The filmmakers think the comedy is where all the humanity is, and maybe they’re right. But they don’t take humor far enough. They’re not that interested in the fraying psychologies, which comedy could certainly explore. Wiig and Hader make the so-so-TV banalities in the script more tolerable.
September 24, 2014
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The Skeleton Twins works a bit too hard to explain the title characters’ emotional problems, alluding repeatedly to a father who killed himself and trotting out a cold, loveless mother (Joanna Gleason) to boot. When it sticks to the present-tense relationship between Maggie and Milo, however, it’s as rich a dual character study as the movies have seen all year, beautifully capturing the jagged push-pull of siblings with a long history of mutual dependence and resentment.
September 24, 2014
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