Maiden Reviews

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July 26, 2019
"Maiden" makes sense of her journey and tells a story whose tidal waves were felt far beyond the deck of her ship.
July 17, 2019
A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream...
July 13, 2019
Using archival footage and fresh recollections, director Alex Holmes offers an illuminating look into the weird world of jibs and rigging in a film that transcends the action of the sport.
July 12, 2019
"Maiden" concludes so movingly, with such perfect symbolism, that it rivals any scripted sports drama.
July 12, 2019
Maiden puts us all in the ship right there with them.
July 12, 2019
[Maiden's] a flat-out good yarn.
July 9, 2019
If only director Alex Holmes' ability to commandeer a story was one-tenth as ambitious as his lead character.
July 3, 2019
Writer-director Alex Holmes ("Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story") absorbingly recounts the story of Edwards and her team in an unfussy linear style that effectively recaptures the tension of their gutsy undertaking.
July 3, 2019
Maiden" celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world's entrenched sexism.
July 3, 2019
With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing Maiden crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit.
July 2, 2019
But even at its most visceral and exciting, it's the emotion at the story's core, and the higher principles at work, that make it transcendent.
June 29, 2019
An all-women crew knocked the sexist world on its ass by winning this 1989 yacht race. This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration.
June 28, 2019
What we have from director Alex Holmes is a documentary with all the nervous-making energy of a first-rate drama; a cast of sailors who are both endearing and intelligent; and a delicately wrought suspense story.
June 28, 2019
Maiden excels as a suspenseful sports tale and a record of a historic first, but its biggest strength is in its warts-and-all character study of the Maiden crew.
June 27, 2019
The negativity and sexism the crew faced is so purposefully explained earlier in the film that the audience gets a full sense of the emotional response the Maiden earned around the world.
June 26, 2019
Director Alex Holmes and editor Katie Bryer cannily draw out the story beneath the story, allowing it to bob along in the wake of Edwards' tale.
June 26, 2019
[Its] political narrative arc is what distinguishes "Maiden," which draws you in even when the predigital images prove less than lovely.
June 18, 2019
Tautly edited and unfussily directed, it's a knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit.
March 8, 2019
An exhilarating and inspiring watch.
March 6, 2019
At all events, it pays due homage to Edwards as a courageous pioneer.
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