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Maria Full of Grace Reviews

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
The subject could be, and has been, exploitative in other films, but Joshua Marston shrewdly sketches asides of drama about whether Maria should simply remain in New York. To his credit, that outcome feels as fraught with peril as her drug-running.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
July 11, 2010
"Maria Full Of Grace" was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and carries the cinematic currency of an important and thought provoking drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 28, 2010
'Maria Full of Grace' offers a clear picture of the economics that drive the hopeless many to take risks in the enrichment of the few.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Moreno gives a very memorable debut performance...
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
September 8, 2005
the filmmaker's eye and ear for authentic detail and believable characterization...make the film an unusually tough and gritty slice of underworld life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Belongs to Moreno.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 14, 2005
Maria Full of Grace provides an authentic and compelling view of a drug mule's experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 8, 2005
Moreno é uma daquelas atrizes que prendem o olhar do espectador, que, fascinado, mal percebe o sutil trabalho de construção de personagem que está sendo desenvolvido.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Utichi
March 31, 2005
Moreno communicates without words - she immediately sells the film, the concept, the struggle, the danger.
| Original Score: 92/100
Matthew Turner
March 24, 2005
Catalina Sandino Moreno gives a superb, naturalistic performance as Maria and Marston is careful not to glamorise her, despite the fact that she's absurdly gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 16, 2005
Su principal fortaleza es la convicción con que Sandino Moreno lleva el peso de toda la película (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 16, 2005
Marston never romanticizes, never goes for the easy cliche. He allows his hooks to pull at the film's center without revealing the lines that make his movie so gripping.
| Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 25, 2005
The story is told in a lean, clean way, with no missteps.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 9, 2005
it never quite goes where you expect it to, yet you're glued to the events all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 4, 2005
"Based on 1,000 True Stories" is the most pompous tag line of the year by far, especially from an American director claiming to speak for all the people of Chile.
Alan Dale
December 6, 2004
Marston has made an amazingly lean debut feature.... But everything he trimmed wasn't fat.
Doug Cummings
December 1, 2004
It's a testament to the filmmakers' creative maturity that [the film] navigates its narrative without once capitulating to obvious emotional readings.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 11, 2004
In a time when many politicians seem eager to define morality as either black or white, 'Maria Full of Grace' dares everyone to look at the ocean of gray in between.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
A strikingly personal story with realistic characters and a strong emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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