Madeline's Madeline (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Madeline's Madeline (2018)



Critic Consensus: Madeline's Madeline proves experimental cinema is alive and well -- and serves as a powerful calling card for Helena Howard in her big-screen debut.

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Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives.


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One of the best films of the year, if also one of the hardest to initially get your head around.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Add another name to the list of talented and charismatic young actresses of color making auspicious debuts of late: Helena Howard, star of director and co-writer Josephine Decker's simultaneously attractive and repellent mindjob.

September 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Watching a once-in-a-generation talent like Howard work at this early point feels like entering a tall building on the ground floor. There's little doubt she will escalate from here.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Decker's visually supple exploration may chase its tail in the second half, but at its best "Madeline's Madeline" shifts perspectives and power dynamics seamlessly.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Letting the audience determine the meaning of her aesthetic choices, Decker shows little interest in creating meaning herself.

August 29, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Note to filmmakers everywhere: If you want to depict emotional dissonance through relentlessly swirly cinematography, do it sparingly. If you do it for 90 minutes, as Decker does, the audience isn't stirred. It's queasy.

August 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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