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May (2003)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 9

Above average slasher flick.



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May has always been a bit of an outsider--you might consider her a quirky girl. If you passed her on the street, you wouldn't notice that she is any different from scores of other young women trying to make their way in the big city. She lives alone, works as a veterinarian assistant, makes her own clothes, and dreams of finding the right person to fall in love with--soon. There is that hot guy who works as a mechanic down the street. A chance for romance looks promising, yet it's hard to be


Drama, Horror

Lucky McKee

Jul 15, 2003

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (20) | DVD (16)

Too much of a hodgepodge of borrowed ideas and uneven tone.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Part Carrie, part Frankenstein and still shlockier bits and pieces, May isn't seamless. But boy is it hard to avert one's eyes from this creature ready-made for the midnight-movie circuit.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A bizarre (and sometimes repulsive) exercise that's a little too willing to swoon in its own weird embrace.

June 27, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Unfolds with the creepy elegance and carefully calibrated precision of a Dario Argento horror film.

June 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Exactly the kind of unexpected delight one hopes for every time the lights go down.

June 18, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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[Bettis] has a smoldering, humorless intensity that's unnerving.

June 13, 2003
Seattle Times
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A marvelous cinematic debut from director Lucky McKee...

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"May" takes a cracked view of 1 Corinthians' idea of leaving childish things behind - blending the brooding of "Frankenstein" with the bleak, acrid tone of Alkaline Trio lyrics and the most frightening sing-song horror-film score since "Suspiria."

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

Proves that fresh new work can be done in the horror genre if the director follows his or her own shadowy muse.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source:

Benefits from bursts of gory black humor as well as Bettis' riveting performance.

January 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

MAY is a very nasty and disturbing little horror film that the viewer will probably either love or hate. It is very unpleasant see and at the same time mesmerizing.

March 30, 2005 Full Review

O terror originado pela loucura da protagonista foge do apelativo e investe no dramático, levando o espectador não apenas a temer May, mas a sentir compaixão pela garota.

October 30, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Lucky Mckee's film works better as a misfit character study than it does a purebred slasher flick.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

McKee's directing and screenwriting are unusually low-key for a psychological horror thriller, and Bettis is excellent as the disturbed antiheroine.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Standard, low-budget slasher film, elevated by a breakthrough performance by Angela Bettis.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A flawed little prize that somehow manages to mesmerize with its sound, intrigue with its visuals, and numb with its ending.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'May is nothing short of brilliant. It is likely the most original horror story I have seen in years.'

September 4, 2003 Full Review

Director Lucky McKee has a knack for discomfiting material involving contact lenses and animal hospitals, but such moments are increasingly rare as he stretches his material.

August 25, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

You have to look to McKee's search for the poetic truth that lies at the heart of the film to find the true beauty of his work.

July 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

"May" is a campy slasher-horror movie - and a classic of the style at that.

July 22, 2003 Full Review

May, composed, as a character, of the exhumed fractions of genre debts, is the film's only Frankenstein's monster.

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's slightly better than the usual slasher flick.

July 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not only one of the most auspicious and original independent features in years--particularly for a first-time filmmaker--but it is one of the best films of 2003...Genuinely disturbing.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

While there are several praise-worthy elements of MAY , the titular character's lament that "Most people have perfect parts, but are never perfect in their whole" applies just as well to the film

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source:

The idea of this strange little girl growing into a woman obsessed with body parts is intriguing, but McKee hasn't a clue what to do with her actors.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for May

A girl with a lazy eye grows up as a social outcast with a doll as her only friend; she gets corrective lenses as a young adult and is suddenly set loose on the dating world with no social skills and a dangerously loose grip on reality. An effective, creepy character study for the first two thirds, but it takes an unfortunate turn into predictable slasher territory for the climax.
August 2, 2012
Greg S

Super Reviewer

May is the story of May an odd girl who is very weird. She's never really fit in anywhere. When she meets a guy, things go well, but she starts doing stuff and he leaves. That's when the horror starts. May is the type of horror film that blends horror and drama together, the film is pretty sad and you end up feeling sorry for May. The story itself is very well written, terrifying and dramatic all rolled into one. What surprised me most about this film is it's how well crafted the story was. May is an intense film and at times you feel uneasy and startled. In a worthy note, Anna Farris gives her best (and only) performance. May is a solid Horror film that successfully combines drama and horror to create a poignant, terrifying film. Director Lucky McKee directs a solid cast that give great performances here. May is a different type of horror film, one that pushes the limits of terror and it does it very well with the lead actress Angela Bettis giving a sad, psychotic performance as the title character; she makes this film what it is. Brilliantly conceived and well-written, this is a much needed film in the genre because we have so many unoriginal films in the horror genre nowadays. It's always great to see a director doing something different, something good and original. May is a disturbing film, one that horror fans should definitely check out. This is a brilliantly directed film and showcases the talents of a director who knows how to deliver shocks to an audience. One of the best films of its kind since Brian DePalma's Carrie.
June 30, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one, but I may be a little freaked out.

Here we have a girl who lives in her own world that she's made in every sense of the word.
Something on it's own, unique trip to a dark place within a darker mind; and I say alright.
April 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

Again this movie probably would have been better if I had not heard so much hype about it. It had an original story line and the acting was not terrible, but still, I was expecting to get suckerpunched and I kind of left feeling like someone had just flicked my nose.
July 17, 2011
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

    1. May Canady: Where's Polly?
    2. Ambrosia: In the head. Polly, hurry up in there! I've been drinking vodka all night and I have to piss like a racehorse!
    3. May Canady: [giggles] hm-hm
    4. Ambrosia: (gets annoyed and mimics May's giggle) - UM-HM!
    5. May Canady: You have really beautiful legs.
    6. Ambrosia: I thought they were gams?
    7. May Canady: Gams, stems, wheels, whatever. Give us a little spin, doll.
    8. Ambrosia: Huh?
    9. May Canady: Turn around for me.
    10. Ambrosia: You are so fu*king weird. I don't know what Polly sees in you.
    11. May Canady: Polly doesn't see anything. Turn around, Miss Grable.
    12. Ambrosia: Okay, doll (she does a sexy spin) How was that?
    13. May Canady: Beautiful [May stabs Ambrosia in the temple with a scalpel, killing her]
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Polly: You're funny. You want to watch me file?
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Adam: So what do you do, May?
    2. May Canady: I work at the animal hospital. And I sew.
    3. Adam: Okay. Animal hospital.
    4. May Canady: Some people think it's kind of gross.
    5. Adam: I love gross.
    6. May Canady: Really?
    7. Adam: Mm-hmm. Disgust me, please.
    8. May Canady: Okay. A couple of weeks ago, and old man comes in, and says his dog is dying. And he begs us to save it. A 90-pound black lad named Seymour. We take him in and run some tests, and find that he has a twisted bowel, and needs to be operated on immediately. So we shave Seymour's tummy, we cut him open, and take out a piece of intestine about - about the size of a hot dog. Everything went smooth, but when we went to sew Seymour back up, we realized we were out of the heavy sutures your supposed to use for large dogs. So the doctor decided that if we tripled up on cat sutures, that should do the trick. Well, a few days go by, and the old man calls up hysterical. The sutures had burst while he was at work, and by the time he got home, Seymour was sprawled out on the back porch with his guts spread all over the concrete, and the fence was soaked in blood all around the yard. It was a mess [Adam stares in disgust] I had to sew that one back up.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Polly: Do you feel weird doing this?
    2. May Canady: I am weird.
    3. Polly: I love weird.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Adam: There's an Argenta playing at the Beverly in 15 minutes. I took the afternoon off. They're showing 'Trauma.'
    2. May Canady: Is that a movie?
    3. Adam: You've never seen 'Trauma'?!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Mama: I've always said, 'If you can't find a friend, make one.'
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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