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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Critic Reviews for Mary and Max

All Critics (64) | 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.

October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Remarkable and poignant...

September 25, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

January 16, 2009
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A film of astonishing beauty, Mary and Max is undoubtedly one of the films of the year.

November 5, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mary and Max


Gut-wrenching loneliness is at the heart of this work that drives two dissimilar though tortured souls from opposite sides of the world to find each other. Along the way are marriage, death, mental illness and even separation - and how can one separate from someone who you've have never seen? The overall is touching, but sad. Though rendered in animation there's no juvenile cop-out for this mature work about mature themes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!

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