Maria Full of Grace Reviews

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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.
March 5, 2005
February 16, 2005
Su principal fortaleza es la conviccin con que Sandino Moreno lleva el peso de toda la pelcula (...)
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.
January 25, 2005
The story is told in a lean, clean way, with no missteps.
January 9, 2005
it never quite goes where you expect it to, yet you're glued to the events all the way.
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.
December 27, 2004
December 6, 2004
Marston has made an amazingly lean debut feature.... But everything he trimmed wasn't fat.
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.
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.
November 8, 2004
A strikingly personal story with realistic characters and a strong emotional core.
November 6, 2004
Colombian director Joshua Marston knows that direct, immediate suspense is the key to making the audience share the ordeal of his heroine who works as a drug mule.
November 4, 2004
The shadowy underworld of drug smuggling is brought into the light and given a radiant and vulnerable human face
October 17, 2004
From the standpoints of technique, interpretation, cultural sensitivity, and narrative integrity, Maria Full of Grace is an astute and unforgettable work.
October 7, 2004
Whatever its flaws, Maria Full of Grace is a daunting debut work well worth catching.
September 16, 2004
Here the picture took me somewhere I'd never been.
September 13, 2004
The documentary-like detail and lack of sensationalism allows us to make our own judgments and to make connections between the drug trade and the legitimate business world.
September 9, 2004
What's remarkable about Marston's filmmaking is his ability to present scenes of shocking defilement without a hint of gratuitousness.
September 3, 2004
Marston's compact, personal film doesn't judge his Maria, it merely observes her, explains her and humanizes a dark corner of a dirty business.
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