Maria Full of Grace (2004)



Critic Consensus: In a striking debut, Moreno carries the movie and puts a human face on the drug trade.

Movie Info

A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel--in fact, becoming a drug "mule"--changes the course of her life. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she … More

Rating: R (for drug content and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joshua Marston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Box Office: $6.5M
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Critic Reviews for Maria Full of Grace

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (40)

Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

The subject could be, and has been, exploitative in other films, but Joshua Marston shrewdly sketches asides of drama about whether Maria should simply remain in New York. To his credit, that outcome feels as fraught with peril as her drug-running.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

"Maria Full Of Grace" was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and carries the cinematic currency of an important and thought provoking drama.

Full Review… | July 11, 2010

'Maria Full of Grace' offers a clear picture of the economics that drive the hopeless many to take risks in the enrichment of the few.

Full Review… | April 28, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Moreno gives a very memorable debut performance...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

the filmmaker's eye and ear for authentic detail and believable characterization...make the film an unusually tough and gritty slice of underworld life.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Maria Full of Grace

This was quite a story to see portrayed on film. Not to be missed.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

An original take on the drug trade, dealing with a seventeen year old girl (Catalina Sandino Moreno) who, pressured to find a job, agrees to become a drug mule, since the pay is good and it sounds like she will be taken care of. You don't know what to expect really after she agrees to take the job, and neither does she. An overall incredible film with a powerful performance from Moreno (she got nominated for Best Actress). Although it loses a little steam in it's last half, this is a mostly excellent movie that feels authentic all the way through.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

An impressive film which shows a realistic story based around drug muelling. Great performances all around, but particularly from Catalina Sandino Moreno who played the lead character.

A Drama which really pulls you in and see the circumstances from different viewpoints.

Definitely a recommendation ? an instant favourite for me.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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