Mary and Max

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

95%

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Average Rating: 4.2/5

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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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Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Mary and Max

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (10)

  • 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.

    Jun 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A very odd, very unlikely animated film from Australia that manages to be sickly-cute, alarmingly grotesque, and right-on at the same time -- often in the very same scene.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Up may be a really good film, but compared to Mary and Max it's an episode of Thundercats.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 5/5
  • While perhaps it doesn't fully sustain its 90-odd-minute running time, Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.

    Oct 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out.

    Nov 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Mary and Max

½

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

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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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