May Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 27, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 27, 2003
A bizarre (and sometimes repulsive) exercise that's a little too willing to swoon in its own weird embrace.
| Original Score: C
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 24, 2003
Not many horror movies can dig below the surface, but May does, and for that reason it deserves to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
June 23, 2003
There's an undeniable artistic clarity of vision to Lucky McKee's 'tweener' psychological horror pic, a well-acted, disquieting little character study. If you're a genre fan, set aside some screen time for May.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 20, 2003
It's a humanistic entry in a most dehumanizing cycle, a film about dolls in which people really matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2003
Unfolds with the creepy elegance and carefully calibrated precision of a Dario Argento horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
Exactly the kind of unexpected delight one hopes for every time the lights go down.
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2003
Refreshing!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 13, 2003
We never connect with and/or care about the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
June 13, 2003
[Bettis] has a smoldering, humorless intensity that's unnerving.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2003
Like Spacek, Bettis goes far beyond the lackluster acting you usually see in horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 13, 2003
Lowdown genre fun, a film that nearly makes up in slacker wit and high-spirited gore what it lacks in budget and elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 13, 2003
McKee's patchwork horror is neither subversively clever nor an imaginatively engineered shock-and-surprise ride. He should have spent his time building a better psycho.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 13, 2003
[McKee's] going to need better stories than this.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2003
Straddles the line between slasher film and sensitive character study with macabre and moving results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2003
Taps into a furious atavistic energy that reflects well on the filmmaker and his fully committed cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 9, 2003
There was no moment when I was scared by this thing.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 6, 2003
Novice director Lucky McKee wrote the first draft of this labored horror flick while he was in school, and for a student film, it's not bad. But it's not ready for the big time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2003
A horror film and something more and deeper, something disturbing and oddly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
June 5, 2003
May has you entranced in a humorous, slighty freaky affair that has no qualms on raising the stakes after establishing a character we care about deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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