Maria Full of Grace Reviews

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March 13, 2018
The movie puts us in Maria's shoes, taking us step by suspenseful step through her physical and spiritual ordeal.
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.
August 26, 2004
The fact that [Moreno's] Maria is so believable, so compelling, rests entirely on what she brings to the part, not what the part brings to her. Her face is the kind that can carry a movie on the strength of sheer screen presence.
August 6, 2004
One of those films that finds strength in its directness, that passes up the fireworks and cheap tricks and just goes straight for the starkness of a powerful situation.
August 1, 2004
One of the emblematic migration stories of our time.
July 30, 2004
A stunner of a film.
July 30, 2004
A gripping, deeply moving film.
July 30, 2004
One of the most viscerally felt films of the year.
July 30, 2004
With its sharp eye for telling details Maria Full of Grace often has the feel of the very best documentaries.
July 30, 2004
Shot in the style of a documentary, which lends the movie an aura of utter realism, Maria Full of Grace derives an unsettling power from the clinical details of Maria's ordeal.
July 30, 2004
This American-directed, Spanish-language movie metes out the dramatic and authentic with a measured, believable grace.
July 30, 2004
Maria Full of Grace has a power that doesn't announce itself until it's over: You leave not wanting to give up on life, just resentful of the world we live in.
July 30, 2004
A keenly observed and compelling movie that will open your eyes to a world of trouble and sorrow.
July 30, 2004
Maria Full of Grace is an extraordinary experience for many reasons, including, oddly, its willingness to be ordinary.
July 30, 2004
Provides a moving critique of the heroin trade as well as a powerful portrait of an unjust global economy in which the lives of the poor are exploited and often discarded for the recreational purposes of the rich.
July 29, 2004
A tense, immediate, no-frills drama about desperate choices made under desperate circumstances, and the consequences of those choices.
July 29, 2004
[An] unpretentious and straightforward film.
July 29, 2004
A remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
July 29, 2004
It is the most amazing first film I have seen in a long time.
July 29, 2004
We don't endorse anything Maria does, but we have to applaud her courage. And we applaud Marston's courage for telling it like it is.
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