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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
An Indian drama about the de-humanizing effects of class-warfare.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
Cotton Mary suffers from its lack of sympathetic characters, but it is still far from a disaster.
| Original Score: 71/100
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
Harvey S. Karten
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
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary proves a history lesson can be fun.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Jaffrey's majestic presence eclipses the shortcomings of Cotton Mary.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Offbeat but compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A fascinating exploration of racial and social prejudice.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 17, 2006
Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.
| Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
January 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 5, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
| Original Score: C-
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 15, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Claire Monk
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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Gemma Files
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
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