I've read several reviews of this movie and the comments below here and with most of them I wonder what movie they are talking about. I loved it - I loved the sound track, the scenes of the city, the people walking and the snatches of conversation .... all that was part of the story, not just background but a real part of the story, the music and the city were characters too. The title Margaret comes from the poem read by by teacher (Matthew Broderick) about two thirds of the way through - Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins which starts ... 'Margaret, are you grieving'. But the story begins with the first conversation Lisa has with Mr Aaron. She says she doesn't like maths (geometry) and will never need it in her life and he says, haven't you ever thought you didn't like something and then changed and began to like it? She says no, and he asks her again. She says no again and then spends the rest of the movie facing situations that change the way she sees her world. I don't think she is frustrated, I think she is working very hard to find her way through the adult world and she's doing it all alone. No one really supports her, mostly because she's difficult but also they have their own problems, but still she's only 17 and there is no one for her - until the end, at the opera, the music and the perfect duet and Lisa is in tears (and I am in tears too) and she understands then that we can't do it alone, we should not be doing it alone ... and there is her mother, also alone and they find each other. It is a tremendous movie, so touching, so like all our lives, it's just brilliant and I am so sorry that so many people have passively watched this movie expecting to be entertained and missed the beautiful truth it holds. I saw no problem with editing, in fact I enjoyed the editing, the flow, the look and the sound. Best movie I've seen for a long time - 10 stars.
(Not to be missed!) - review by Janine