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Cotton Mary Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Christopher Null
January 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Cotton an obsequious, scheming, condescending, ambitious, callous, insincere, officious snob and thief. Two hours in her company is too much to ask.
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
A heavy-handed melodrama whose title character is a symbol with a capital S.
| Original Score: D+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary is uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It's as though, in documenting cultural queerness afoot, [Merchant] skipped the institution and went straight for the loony bin.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 17, 2006
Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.
| Original Score: 1/5
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
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.
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Patchy at best.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Not a fully realized film.
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lewis
Gay Chicago Magazine
January 1, 2000
As fascinating as the central character is, the film has all the excitement of watching the glaze harden on a scone.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
The entire film lacks the subtlety which is the hallmark of good writing.
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 15, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
| Original Score: C-
Emanuel Levy
November 5, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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