Madeline's Madeline Reviews

May 7, 2019
There's a darkly intriguing idea inside this experimental drama, but it gets lost in filmmaker Josephine Decker's out-of-control indulgence.
January 18, 2019
Many have admired it, but I'm afraid it just didn't really work for me.
November 9, 2018
Filmmakers usually work for posterity, not just in the moment. And this Madeline is nothing for Proust to write home about.
August 31, 2018
It can be seen as a cinematic experiment, but for most viewers one suspects it will be a failed one.
August 31, 2018
The movie isn't a puzzle... That doesn't prevent [it] from being quite puzzling -- even to the point that it feels as if it's isolating itself from us.
August 30, 2018
If you dissect what has happened, and take her POV away, it's a far less charming narrative than it seems.
August 29, 2018
Letting the audience determine the meaning of her aesthetic choices, Decker shows little interest in creating meaning herself.
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.
August 23, 2018
Madeline's Madeline flirts with entering the humanity-versus-bestiary debate... But it's less about that than the fetishization of mental illness, and no less than Evangeline, Madeline's Madeline blurs the line between observing it and exploiting it.
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.
August 10, 2018
There's a strange absurdity to 'Madeline" that sometimes renders it a brilliant exercise and other times makes it feel rather pretentious.
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.
August 7, 2018
An unremittingly pretentious film.
January 23, 2018
Madeline's Madeline was not for me but I'm sure there's someone out there for it.