Maiden Reviews

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August 30, 2019
Like a rising tide, thrilling archival footage and still-timely female-empowerment themes lift the compelling documentary Maiden beyond the timeworn tropes of the underdog sports drama.
August 22, 2019
Exaltation, not outrage, is the primary experience of this film.
August 16, 2019
For anyone who doesn't boat much, it's hard to grasp how yachting can be athletic, harrowing, admirable, or lethal. Maiden... makes a good case for the prowess, invention, and perseverance required.
August 14, 2019
An inspiring look at an unsung trailblazer.
August 12, 2019
This is an engrossing and inspiring saga , one that leaves the viewer with a profound respect for the men (and women) who go down to the sea in ships.
August 10, 2019
The boat was skippered by a former short-order cook whose early life struggles deserve to make a quite compelling feature film some day soon. Her all-female crew also gives ample room for actresses to play them with strength and guts.
August 9, 2019
Maiden transcends the rousing underdog sports story genre and offers an intriguing look at a stubbornly persistent sporting culture; one characterized by mindsets as outdated as its technology.
August 9, 2019
Conventional non-fiction filmmaking aside, the story, players, and imagery are assembled in such a thoughtful manner that the results are frequently thrilling and inspiring.
August 8, 2019
What you especially appreciate about [Tracy] Edwards is her fierce love of boating and her steely resolve to succeed. You watch the riveting film and wonder how anyone could have doubted that she would, indeed, sail around the world.
August 7, 2019
'Maiden' is most compelling when it takes us out to sea. ... The battle between sailors and the ocean is a full-time, life-and-death struggle. Storms and waves can wreck a yacht or claim a life by washing a person overboard.
August 7, 2019
"What do you mean I can't? That's just idiotic."
August 7, 2019
Beyond the social & political ramifications of what their vessel setting off at the cannon blast meant, however, is also a riveting adventure pitting humanity against nature.
August 7, 2019
It's an inspiring tale, to be sure. But without its strong emotional core it would likely be just another sports documentary.
August 5, 2019
Emotionally exhilarating.
August 3, 2019
Even though the narrative is driven by the race, Maiden is peppered with blatant sexism. Male competitors bet how long they'll last, reporters ask if they are getting along.
August 2, 2019
Maiden is an inspirational voyage everyone should experience.
July 30, 2019
If you don't know who won - my own yacht-race historical knowledge is a bit shaky - you can watch Maiden with a real-time sense of will-they-do-it? But regardless of the outcome, you'll witness history being made.
July 26, 2019
Surprisingly exciting, with the narrative drive of a fiction film.
July 26, 2019
By the time the tear-jerking finale arrives, you will be grateful Holmes brought you along for the ride.
July 26, 2019
Holmes could have effectively angled Maiden as a high-stakes sports documentary. ... Instead, Holmes recognizes the strengths of his subjects and lets them ultimately speak for themselves.
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