Maria Full of Grace Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 16, 2004
It has a respect for the cultures it observes, and a nice sense of place. But it has no compelling character. It might have in real life. But on the screen she's as diluted as the drugs she helps to sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 6, 2004
Greatly enhanced by Moreno...While I don't doubt the documentary truths in Marston's account, as drama it's hard to swallow.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 15, 2004
Strangely unemotional and flat for a character journey, irritatingly at its worst when it should be its most moving...
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 4, 2005
"Based on 1,000 True Stories" is the most pompous tag line of the year by far, especially from an American director claiming to speak for all the people of Chile.
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 3, 2004
A story about risk, determination and survival that's at once of great eloquence and great import.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 3, 2004
Marston's compact, personal film doesn't judge his Maria, it merely observes her, explains her and humanizes a dark corner of a dirty business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
August 3, 2004
through both Marston's and Moreno's refusal to play up her pain or struggles, we care even more about how her believable tale will end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 2004
Maria Full of Grace is an extraordinary experience for many reasons, including, oddly, its willingness to be ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
July 13, 2004
It's a brilliant motion picture, not only because of the meticulous detail used in presenting the process from start to finish, but because of the clarity with which Marston develops the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 30, 2004
This American-directed, Spanish-language movie metes out the dramatic and authentic with a measured, believable grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
Thrillingly subjective, teeming with the fullness of everyday proletarian life that one finds in the work of the directors who most influenced Marston in the making of this movie: Hector Babenco and the Brazilian realists, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.
Larry Carroll
July 21, 2004
Marston, making his directorial debut, made some choices while creating his film that simply cannot be described more accurately than as ballsy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Rocchi
July 15, 2004
Subtle, quiet look at a desperate journey hurts and haunts by giving us people's stories -- not a politicized slogan.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2004
... one of the best movies of the year.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 29, 2004
Our main interest in Maria Full of Grace is whether careless Maria will ever take responsibility for herself, and the movie is strongest when it focuses on answering that simple, compelling question.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Belongs to Moreno.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
January 31, 2004
It's a 'good person in a bad situation' movie, and while the grim realities of life are dealt with dramatically and capably, it is not as inspiring as perhaps it means to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
July 29, 2004
Maria Full of Grace is an important and powerful film. It serves both to educate and tell the story of a very strong-willed and thick-skinned female character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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