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Madeline's Madeline Reviews

October 4, 2018
This is cinema most fine.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
September 13, 2018
One of the best films of the year, if also one of the hardest to initially get your head around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2018
Letting the audience determine the meaning of her aesthetic choices, Decker shows little interest in creating meaning herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 24, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2018
One of the year's headiest, most dazzlingly assured moviegoing experiences.
August 16, 2018
Helena Howard makes a heart-stopping professional debut as Madeline caught between Molly Parker's manipulative acting teacher and Miranda July's differently manipulative mom.
August 11, 2018
"Madeline's Madeline" mistakes intimacy for honesty, and it mis-assumes that audiences care nearly as much about the creative process as actors and directors do.
Top Critic
August 10, 2018
Decker has real vision. It's exciting to imagine her turning it on something other than her own process.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 10, 2018
By pushing to the edges of her own iconoclastic vision, director Josephine Decker touches on universal truths rarely found inside a multiplex.
August 10, 2018
Writer-director Josephine Decker more than earns the label "auteur," and all the connotations that come with it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 10, 2018
The movie is at times deliberately off-putting. But it's anchored by a star-making turn from Helena Howard, who plays the fascinating, inscrutable figure at its center.
August 10, 2018
It's a superb piece of acting about acting, and a harbinger of great things to come in this young actor's future.
August 10, 2018
Madeline's Madeline lacks the self-reflection needed to answer its own questions about authorship-its story doesn't quite belong to its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
August 9, 2018
The film is anchored at every turn by newcomer Helena Howard's big, brash and brilliant lead performance.
August 9, 2018
If "Madeline's Madeline" is sometimes unconvincing and frequently unnerving, it is never uninteresting.
August 7, 2018
Madeline's Madeline is thrillingly confounding.
February 19, 2018
Anyone who has ever taken an acting class and witnessed the psychodramas brewed there will relate to this bubbling kettle of raw, unleashed emotions stirred up in shifting power grabs.
January 31, 2018
[Helena Howard] is the center spectacle, and the movie plays like a fever dream inside her new, fascinating mind.
January 28, 2018
The narrative might be shattered, but the film's slipstream of emotion is powerful and inescapable.
January 27, 2018
A drama of furious disconnection, a cinematic gear-grinding of a working-class family of modest means who seem hardly at home in their own neighborhood and are relentlessly abraded by contact with the deceptively welcoming milieu of art.
January 23, 2018
This is one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: A