May Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 9, 2003
There was no moment when I was scared by this thing.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 3, 2003
It comes off like the insolent posing of a college smart-aleck who gets off on shocking the fuddy-duddies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
June 3, 2003
Ironically, the stretch marks are what you notice most.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 5, 2003
It is alternately ridiculous, gruesome, unlikely and stupefying.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 5, 2003
Led by Ms. Bettis's discreetly campy May, the performances are a cut or two above what you would find in the average slasher film. But in the end that's all it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 13, 2003
[McKee's] going to need better stories than this.
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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
John Venable
February 7, 2003
No redeeming qualities whatsoever and incredibly tough to sit through, this blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
February 7, 2003
Tagline should be, 'If you can't find a really bad Frankenstein rip-off, make something like this.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
August 25, 2003
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
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 13, 2003
We never connect with and/or care about the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 27, 2003
Tone-deaf and structurally flaccid, 'May' is little more than a Troma movie with unrealized pretensions...In short, 'May' not.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 5, 2003
McKee's darkly clever notion that tragic hipsters doing their second-hand damnedest to be weird are thoroughly unprepared to handle someone who truly is weird gets bogged down in a listless narrative and one-dimensional characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2003
While the film does display a certain understated style, not to mention a fair amount of witty black humor, it's ultimately undone by its familiar themes ... and a lengthy, slow-paced buildup that doesn't result in a particularly satisfying payoff.
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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
Kim Morgan
June 27, 2003
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.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2003
Too much of a hodgepodge of borrowed ideas and uneven tone.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
Kim Linekin
August 5, 2003
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David Rooney
March 26, 2009

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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