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Cotton Mary Reviews

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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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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
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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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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
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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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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Offbeat but compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A fascinating exploration of racial and social prejudice.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Jaffrey's majestic presence eclipses the shortcomings of Cotton Mary.
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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.