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Cotton Mary Reviews

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June 17, 2006
Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.
| Original Score: 1/5
March 13, 2002
An Indian drama about the de-humanizing effects of class-warfare.
March 24, 2001
There's a definite thrill to be gained from watching elements of genre trash invade such a film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 14, 2001
Cotton Mary, Ismail Merchant's second film as a director, puts some interestingly layered material into play, but he can't quite bring it together.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 13, 2001
Cotton Mary suffers from its lack of sympathetic characters, but it is still far from a disaster.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
February 7, 2001
Engrossing from the first frame and written with admirable skill and insight by Alexandra Viets, Cotton Mary is a milestone for Merchant Ivory and a pleasure for the company's admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary is terminally marred by good taste; and melodrama is like the Star-Kist commercial: people don't want tuna with good taste; they want tuna that tastes good.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
The film wants to make larger points, but succeeds only in being a story of derangement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
All very, very long-winded. And it's a basic filmic truth that if you fail to provide an audience with even one character to sympathise with, interest will rapidly flag.
January 1, 2000
Patchy at best.
January 1, 2000
Merchant's direction is not as smooth as one might imagine after all his years as James Ivory's producer, but the understanding of the subject matter brings resonance and authentic surprise to many scenes.
January 1, 2000
Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Credible and moving that Greta Scacchi's performance is, Madhur Jaffrey is the real jewel of this Merchant-Ivory work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
As a serious reflection on the impact of colonial exploitation on both its perpetrators and its victims, it pretty much misses the boat.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 1, 2000
Not a fully realized film.
January 1, 2000
Merchant's filmmaking is at times wooden and conventional, but Cotton Mary is brought to life by the weirdness of its subject matter and the risks Madhur Jaffrey takes in her brilliant performance.
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary proves a history lesson can be fun.
January 1, 2000
A heavy-handed melodrama whose title character is a symbol with a capital S.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary is uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
As fascinating as the central character is, the film has all the excitement of watching the glaze harden on a scone.
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