Mary and Max Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
The universe that is inhabited by Mary and Max is breathtaking, and must have required years of painstaking attention to detail to forge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
August 8, 2014
"Mary and Max" dares to be equally funny and sad, making it as bittersweet as Max's favorite chocolate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
June 16, 2014
This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
May 30, 2014
A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
May 30, 2014
Unapologetically bleak and delivered with dashes of sweetness and sharp wit, Mary and Max deserves notice for being such an unexpected change of pace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Fisher
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Ultimately, Mary and Max is about correspondence and lack of correspondence, about how our images and fantasies about others fail to match up to what they are like, and about the constitutive gaps and misfirings in any communicational practice.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Everyone and everything is bursting with a hyper-real life that is pitched perfectly to the tragi-comic tone of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Animated indie explores unusual friendship, heavy themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
November 18, 2010
Funny, poignant and moving, this quirky and clever film oozes heart and insights into human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2010
The themes are nicely complemented by Elliot's animation style, which is full of wonky cityscapes and misshapen characters, something that gives this oddball story a lovely, tactile, handcrafted feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Ivan
Film4
October 27, 2010
Has charm, curiosity and heart in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 25, 2010
An unorthodox but unforgettable valentine to a friendship that blossoms between two lonely people.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
October 22, 2010
While occasionally over-sentimental, this is a wonderfully unique film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Walsh
Independent
October 22, 2010
It's a 20-year story that absorbs and beguiles, despite the ugly subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 22, 2010
Elliot is a talent eccentric enough to make Nick Park look like an office drone, and the serious sadness underpinning his vision only makes the humour work better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 21, 2010
Elliot's record of an unconventional friendship revels in grotesque detail and scatological humour, but yields unexpected depth and poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
October 21, 2010
A very odd, very unlikely animated film from Australia that manages to be sickly-cute, alarmingly grotesque, and right-on at the same time -- often in the very same scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies
October 21, 2010
Up may be a really good film, but compared to Mary and Max it's an episode of Thundercats.
| Original Score: 5/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 21, 2010
This tale of two outsiders is lovingly rendered in traditional claymation and Elliot's expressive creations are wonderfully brought to life by the talented voice cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 20, 2010
An offbeat and charming animation that is destined to become a cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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