Nate & Margaret (2012)



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Nate, a 19 year old film student, and Margaret, a 52 year old spinster, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way... until Nate's audacious classmate Darla sets him up on a date with James. Nate's new life shakes apart his friendship with Margaret, who goes off on her own to start a career as a stand-up comedian. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nathan Adloff, Justin D.M. Palmer
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On DVD: Aug 28, 2012
Breaking Glass Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Nate & Margaret

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Blessed with natural performances and brisk pacing, this unusual little movie would like us to know just one thing: Passion is fine, but a pal is priceless.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] moving, engagingly low-key curio.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Top Critic

Narrative conflicts are introduced and swatted away in favor of an amiable sentimentality, two nice people being nice to each other.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Village Voice
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Director-cowriter Nathan Adloff displays real sensitivity toward the central characters, yet he hasn't crafted a story in which his observations might carry any weight.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Here is a sweet, delicate story about friendship.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Script abuse gives film a black eye

Full Review… | August 30, 2012

Audience Reviews for Nate & Margaret


While this is relatively well-made for a freshman filmmaker (Nathan Adloff), I wouldn't really want to recommend it as it is two stories in one -- one of which I highly disliked. Nate & Margaret are an odd couple Harold and Maude -- he's a 19 year old film student and she is a 52 year old coffee shop waitress who hopes to be a stand-up comic. THEIR storyline of an unusual friendship is sweet and charming; but when Nate meets his first boyfriend, James, THEIR story of romance isn't. James comes between Nate and his older friend and their friendship is put to the test (Nate turns into a total jerk too ... which I had a difficult time believing). The conflict did not convince me. Margaret's odd humor is off-putting but hilarious in a very unusual not-funny-at-all way. I wanted James to leave and never come back so I could have seen a bit more of a true friendship. The title characters were complimentary of one another (until James showed up) and all others were all trespassing in their film. It was also hard to get past the film's emotional climax as Lame James had too much of a sway on Nate. Oh well ... and that sums up the film. Oh well.

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