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Cotton Mary Reviews

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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 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Cotton Mary...is an obsequious, scheming, condescending, ambitious, callous, insincere, officious snob and thief. Two hours in her company is too much to ask.
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
Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
It's as though, in documenting cultural queerness afoot, [Merchant] skipped the institution and went straight for the loony bin.
June 17, 2006
Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
As fascinating as the central character is, the film has all the excitement of watching the glaze harden on a scone.
January 1, 2000
The entire film lacks the subtlety which is the hallmark of good writing.
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 15, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 5, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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