• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Scott McGehee , David Siegel
  • In Theaters:    May 3, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 13, 2013
  • Millenium Entertainment

What Maisie Knew Reviews

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 10, 2014

Esta é a grande tragédia dos maus pais: o fato de não merecerem o amor incondicional que recebem dos pequenos seres que destroem com tanta facilidade.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
December 12, 2013

It's often-heartbreaking stuff, but never feels manipulative, mostly because the movie puts itself in Maisie's shoes. Strongly recommended

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013

Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation commendably preserves the book's child perspective even if it doesn't quite match the characteristically dark shades of the author's moral fare.

Jim Schembri
3AW
September 29, 2013

A superb, moving film, it's a tribute to author Henry James that his 1897 story could prove so illuminating when adapted for the 21st century. Performances throughout are terrific, seeped as they are in guilt, resentment and confusion.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
September 16, 2013

The filmmakers, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, seem not at all intimidated by Henry James's formidable prose.

Full Review | Original Score: 3
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 7, 2013

Some scenes are tinged with dark comedy; some are heartrending; and some fuse the two, as when Maisie comforts a tearful friend during a sleepover in Susanna's huge Manhattan townhouse, while the delinquent grown-ups indulge themselves downstairs.

Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 30, 2013

[Onata Aprile's] tremendously-believable on-screen spirit reminds us how resilient children can be.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 27, 2013

What Maisie Knew runs its titular, newly-orphaned moppet through so many heartbreaking scenarios and encounters, I was stirred to start drawing up the adoption papers myself.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 25, 2013

This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be.

Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 23, 2013

Even though this drama is based on a 115-year-old novel, it feels powerfully timely today in the way it recounts events surrounding a particularly grim divorce.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 23, 2013

Vanderham and Skarsgård put in career bests; Moore - and this is really saying something - hasn't been this impressive since Safe.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 23, 2013

[A] beautifully acted, thought-provoking drama that skilfully updates Henry James's little-read 1897 novella to the modern era.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 22, 2013

A rather sentimental, precious tale, and the important sense of Maisie growing up and learning about the world and its failings doesn't come through.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
August 22, 2013

Handsomely shot and stopping just short of cloying sentiment, this is an accomplished, engaging work.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 22, 2013

Whenever Moore is off screen - the only character with size-10 oomph - the film risks evaporating altogether. Moral: it isn't that easy to modernise Henry James.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 22, 2013

Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerfully emotional and strikingly perceptive drama with excellent performances from a note-perfect cast.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Oliver Lyttelton
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013

McGehee and Siegel never find a way to really get inside Maisie's head.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cath Clarke
Time Out
Top Critic
August 21, 2013

Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
August 19, 2013

An intimate story of repeated betrayal, five terrific performances get this movie over some rocky terrain, including a pat resolution.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Hunt
Film4
August 19, 2013

With brilliant performances from Julianne Moore and newcomer Onata Aprile, this touching portrayal of a marriage breakdown is at times an uncomfortable watch as it focuses its attentions on the child stuck in the middle.

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