The Meddler
The Meddler (2016)

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 2016
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2016
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Meddler transcends its cutesy title and familiar premise with a heartfelt look at family dynamics that's honored by a marvelous performance from Susan Sarandon.

Roxana Hadadi
Chesapeake Family Magazine

The Meddler feels more like a sitcom than a feature film, with a mix of drama and comedy that wraps up neatly. But with tidiness comes charm and poignancy.

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Max Weiss
Baltimore Magazine

It's funny and warm and gives us Sarandon's great performance.

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Kip Mooney
College Movie Review

Another rewarding film with fully realized characters who have honest-to-God conversations with each other.

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Patrick Smith
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Arriving under the radar, The Meddler is a surprise treat. Go see it with your mother.

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David Stratton
The Australian

There are reportedly autobiographical elements to this story and that makes sense; Marnie is such a well-observed character, so annoying and yet in her own way so wonderful that it does feel she was drawn from real-life experience.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

Marnie is a terrific character, brought to life not only by Sarandon (it's her best work in ages) but also by Scafaria, who refuses to let the woman lapse into cartoonish caricature (e.g. Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip or Sarandon herself in Tammy).

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The film is bracing at first and then allows itself to slip into schmaltz.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

It is all very likeable, but maybe Scafaria was inhibited by the fact she found her inspiration in her own family, because blandness takes the edge off it.

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Chus Pérez Girón

The script, which could be enough material to carry out a comedy, sounds good on the paper, but as the story progresses, clichés, stupid situations and exaggerated reactions inevitably accentuate. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
While Lorene Scafaria has only made one other film, she is one of my foremost favorite female and independent film directors. She writes relatable, funny,… More
Dann Michalski
Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne star in the quirky, off-beat comedy The Meddler. After the death of her husband Marnie Minervini moves to Los Angeles to be near… More
Nicki Marie
Slight. I had high hopes for this one too. It's not bad so much as uneventful. Though I was grateful it didn't go where I thought it might. Not bad… More
Glenn Gaylord
HOW SUSAN GOT HER GROVE BACK - My Review of THE MEDDLER (2 Stars) I know what you're thinking. What in the hell is up with that hopelessly terrible… More
Mark Hobin
The Meddler subverts expectations. As the narrative begins to play out, I kept anticipating that Marnie would become the butt of the joke, but she never does.… More