Mary and Max (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mary and Max (2009)



Critic Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.

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Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As "Mary and Max" chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs. Like Elliot and Coombs''Oscar(R) winning animated short "Harvie Krumpet", "Mary and Max"is both hilarious and poignant as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life's surprises.

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Toni Collette
as Mary Daisy Dinkle (adult)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Max Jerry Horowitz
Eric Bana
as Damien
Bethany Whitmore
as Mary Daisy Dinkle (child)
Ian "Molly" Meldrum
as Homeless Man
John Flaus
as Ken/Len
Julie Forsyth
as Kissing Woman/Bus Stop Mother
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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (5)

While perhaps it doesn't fully sustain its 90-odd-minute running time, Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In a perverse and often immature way, it forthrightly deals with mature issues of love, friendship, forgiveness and mental health. It requires a mature audience, but an audience nonetheless.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Remarkable and poignant...

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Clearly a labor of love, but one destined perhaps to be loved by a very select few.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Top Critic

Those adults brave enough to confront the perils of animation will be treated to a wise, visually unique, emotional gem of a film that will leave you wondering how two clay figures damn near broke your heart.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
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A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


A beautiful and heartbreaking claymation about depression, loneliness and friendship, crafted with a gorgeous production design, a fantastic direction and a bittersweet story that is so touching that it is hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't be deeply moved by it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

As good as anything Pixar has made in terms of emotional power, but a lot less known. What a shame. Mary and Max is one of the best animated movies I have ever watched, and one of the most heart-wrenching movies I have ever seen, period.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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