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Cotton Mary Reviews

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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 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
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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
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
Jaffrey's majestic presence eclipses the shortcomings of Cotton Mary.
January 1, 2000
Offbeat but compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A fascinating exploration of racial and social prejudice.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 17, 2006
Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.
| Original Score: 1/5
January 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
November 5, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C-
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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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