Hathaway a 'Revelation' in Married
Prada star gets edgy in new family drama
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2008 3:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Anne Hathaway trades her Prada pumps for a junkie’s reckless bravado in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married, and critics couldn’t be happier. Rick Groen of the Globe and Mail and Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly both herald her performance as a “revelation,” with Gleiberman adding that Hathaway “makes toxic narcissism mesmerizing, but she also gives Kym a desperate confessional ardor.”

The “emotional-action flick” is subtle—making little of its interracial marriage—while being literally in your face, using Robert Altman’s hand-held camera technique for docu-like intimacy, writes Groen: “To watch this film is to engage in participatory art—for better and for worse, through sickness and in health, we're drawn deeply in.” Time, however, wasn’t impressed, calling Rachel “a mess.”