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Maria Full of Grace Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Greatly enhanced by Moreno...While I don't doubt the documentary truths in Marston's account, as drama it's hard to swallow.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

August 6, 2004
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Strangely unemotional and flat for a character journey, irritatingly at its worst when it should be its most moving...

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 44/100

August 15, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

"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.

Full Review Source: New Times

January 4, 2005
David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

A story about risk, determination and survival that's at once of great eloquence and great import.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 3, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 3, 2004
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

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 Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

August 3, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Maria Full of Grace is an extraordinary experience for many reasons, including, oddly, its willingness to be ordinary.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2004
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

July 13, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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This American-directed, Spanish-language movie metes out the dramatic and authentic with a measured, believable grace.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 15, 2004
Larry Carroll

Marston, making his directorial debut, made some choices while creating his film that simply cannot be described more accurately than as ballsy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 21, 2004
James Rocchi

Subtle, quiet look at a desperate journey hurts and haunts by giving us people's stories -- not a politicized slogan.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

July 15, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... one of the best movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 19, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2004
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

April 2, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Belongs to Moreno.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2005
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: | Original Score: B

January 31, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 29, 2004
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Seattle Times
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August 14, 2004

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