in about 100 words or less
US / UK 136m, Colour
Director: Noah Baumbach; Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever
Marriage Story is a derivative self-indulgent divorce drama replete with forced performances and ridiculously cliched dialogue set to an insipid musical score. This is a highly overrated drama about a successful young couple and their unnecessary child seeking a divorce that has critics fawning and audiences bored. The extended dialogues are banal, the attempts at humour are embarrassing, and the lack of any sincere connection between Driver and Johansson is glaringly absent. While it’s no Kramer vs. Kramer, it has made my list of unlikable overrated American family dramas (Klaus Ming January 2020).