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Maria Full of Grace Reviews

Derek Elley
Variety
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February 23, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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January 11, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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The fact that [Moreno's] Maria is so believable, so compelling, rests entirely on what she brings to the part, not what the part brings to her. Her face is the kind that can carry a movie on the strength of sheer screen presence.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 26, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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One of those films that finds strength in its directness, that passes up the fireworks and cheap tricks and just goes straight for the starkness of a powerful situation.

| Original Score: B

August 6, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 6, 2004
David Denby
New Yorker
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One of the emblematic migration stories of our time.

August 1, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A stunner of a film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 30, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A gripping, deeply moving film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 30, 2004
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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One of the most viscerally felt films of the year.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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With its sharp eye for telling details Maria Full of Grace often has the feel of the very best documentaries.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Shot in the style of a documentary, which lends the movie an aura of utter realism, Maria Full of Grace derives an unsettling power from the clinical details of Maria's ordeal.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Maria Full of Grace has a power that doesn't announce itself until it's over: You leave not wanting to give up on life, just resentful of the world we live in.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A keenly observed and compelling movie that will open your eyes to a world of trouble and sorrow.

| Original Score: B+

July 30, 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
Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
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Provides a moving critique of the heroin trade as well as a powerful portrait of an unjust global economy in which the lives of the poor are exploited and often discarded for the recreational purposes of the rich.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A tense, immediate, no-frills drama about desperate choices made under desperate circumstances, and the consequences of those choices.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

July 29, 2004
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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[An] unpretentious and straightforward film.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 29, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.

| Original Score: 4/4

July 29, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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It is the most amazing first film I have seen in a long time.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 29, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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We don't endorse anything Maria does, but we have to applaud her courage. And we applaud Marston's courage for telling it like it is.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 29, 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
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
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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By ensuring that the focus remains on the captivating Moreno, Marston gives life to a pawn in an ugly game.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It breathes life into a small story that has larger ramifications. It also shows that America, as represented by Jackson Heights, is still the promised land for people about whom movies are rarely made.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Women like Maria definitely exist, and Marston's fascinating cautionary tale rings terrifyingly true.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 15, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Both artistically and spiritually itself full of grace.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Sustains a documentary authenticity that is as astonishing as it is offhand. Even when you're on the edge of your seat, it never sacrifices a calm, clear-sighted humanity for the sake of melodrama or cheap moralizing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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The unalloyed earnestness with which Marston tells his story, the frankness of that story and the insistently powerful performance of Catalina Sandino Moreno make Maria one of the more noteworthy debuts in recent filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

July 15, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Marston builds incredible tension. But it's the human drama etched on Moreno's young, weary face that gives Maria its potent punch.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 15, 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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 14, 2004
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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It's a remarkably assured and humane feature debut.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 13, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
David Rooney
Variety
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Marston's strikingly confident debut maintains an unblinking focus and sustains an almost unbearable level of tension.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2004
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Throughout, we're constantly rooting for Maria, aware of her underlying decency and protective of her missteps.

January 27, 2004
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