May Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
March 26, 2009
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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-
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 5, 2003
It is alternately ridiculous, gruesome, unlikely and stupefying.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 5, 2003
A refreshing, macabre tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
June 3, 2003
Ironically, the stretch marks are what you notice most.