A marvelous cinematic debut from director Lucky McKee...
"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."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Proves that fresh new work can be done in the horror genre if the director follows his or her own shadowy muse.
| Original Score: 5/5
Benefits from bursts of gory black humor as well as Bettis' riveting performance.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Lucky Mckee's film works better as a misfit character study than it does a purebred slasher flick.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
McKee's directing and screenwriting are unusually low-key for a psychological horror thriller, and Bettis is excellent as the disturbed antiheroine.
| Original Score: 3/4
Standard, low-budget slasher film, elevated by a breakthrough performance by Angela Bettis.
A flawed little prize that somehow manages to mesmerize with its sound, intrigue with its visuals, and numb with its ending.
'May is nothing short of brilliant. It is likely the most original horror story I have seen in years.'
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: D
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.
"May" is a campy slasher-horror movie - and a classic of the style at that.
| Original Score: A-
May, composed, as a character, of the exhumed fractions of genre debts, is the film's only Frankenstein's monster.
It's slightly better than the usual slasher flick.
| Original Score: B-
Too much of a hodgepodge of borrowed ideas and uneven tone.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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
| Original Score: 3/5
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.