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Mary and Max Reviews

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Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
October 20, 2010
Too long and wretched for children (Max is obese, receives electric shock therapy, and lives a life of neurotic misery) and yet surely too "kooky" for any sane adult (irritatingly camp words such as "smudgling").
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Chang
January 16, 2009
Clearly a labor of love, but one destined perhaps to be loved by a very select few.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 20, 2009
The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Fisher
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Ultimately, Mary and Max is about correspondence and lack of correspondence, about how our images and fantasies about others fail to match up to what they are like, and about the constitutive gaps and misfirings in any communicational practice.
Jamie S. Rich
August 8, 2014
"Mary and Max" dares to be equally funny and sad, making it as bittersweet as Max's favorite chocolate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Everyone and everything is bursting with a hyper-real life that is pitched perfectly to the tragi-comic tone of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
The universe that is inhabited by Mary and Max is breathtaking, and must have required years of painstaking attention to detail to forge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 20, 2010
An offbeat and charming animation that is destined to become a cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fiona Williams
May 30, 2014
A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 15, 2009
Both sad and funny, it's a moving film that will more than likely result in audiences having to fight back tears throughout the final credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
May 30, 2014
Unapologetically bleak and delivered with dashes of sweetness and sharp wit, Mary and Max deserves notice for being such an unexpected change of pace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
June 16, 2014
This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
October 20, 2010
Mary and Max emerges as a tale that's both funny and sad, with Elliot's screenplay finding a perfect emotional pitch throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
November 18, 2010
Funny, poignant and moving, this quirky and clever film oozes heart and insights into human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
October 22, 2010
While occasionally over-sentimental, this is a wonderfully unique film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 21, 2010
This tale of two outsiders is lovingly rendered in traditional claymation and Elliot's expressive creations are wonderfully brought to life by the talented voice cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest
January 15, 2010
Mary and Max share loneliness, souvenirs, and a cock-eyed optimism to survive their two eccentric claymation, stop-action animation worlds on their own colorful terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies
October 21, 2010
Up may be a really good film, but compared to Mary and Max it's an episode of Thundercats.
| Original Score: 5/5
Anders Wotzke
July 30, 2009
The animation is superb, characters endearing, humour abundant and topical themes honestly and thoroughly explored.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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