Mary Magdalene Reviews

May 3, 2019
This is a noble effort, but ultimately Mary Magdalene isn't much less of a mystery than she was at the start of the journey.
April 19, 2019
It's a well-meaning, good-looking effort - but those elements don't necessarily make for good watching. One needs to be in the mood for this sort of thing.
April 18, 2019
There's exactly one image in the film that reflects a modicum of directorial imagination...
April 12, 2019
[A]n imperfect but affecting vision of New Testament times.
April 12, 2019
Mary Magdalene moved me in a way that no previous film about Christianity ever has.
April 11, 2019
Johann Johannsson's comically overbearing score is just interesting enough to justify the entire project, but Mary Magdalene is ultimately an unnecessary cinematic resurrection.
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April 11, 2019
If the son of God dedicated his life to building a kingdom of peace and justice for the poor and oppressed, could it be that he was a thumping bore while doing it?
April 11, 2019
One reason why the movie seems so emotionally hollow is because the relationship between Mary and Jesus, which is supposed to be at the heart of the story, isn't developed in a meaningful fashion.
April 11, 2019
"Mary Magdalene" dutifully telegraphs the nobility and compassion of its title character while remaining noncommittal about everything else in its path.
April 9, 2019
The film boldly retells this familiar tale from a female perspective, but offers no insight into Mary apart from a superficial "You goeth, girl!"
March 21, 2018
It's a cheerless, ideologically driven movie.
March 16, 2018
Jesus is a stoner Messiah, with his woozy delivery and Kris Kristofferson beard.
March 16, 2018
Davis (best known for 2016's Lion) has pulled off the miracle of turning The Greatest Story Ever Told into One of the Dullest Stories Ever Screened.
March 14, 2018
Although a rather elegant and serene interpretation of an eternal story, this film has little new or interesting to offer either to believers or non-believers.
March 8, 2018
It ripples with interesting ideas, but the overall effect is glassy and inert, with Rooney Mara's Mary an oddly elusive presence in the film that carries her name.
February 27, 2018
Mary Magdalene only snaps into focus as narrative when we get to Jerusalem, chiefly because it gives these kids something to physically rail against - moneylenders, Judas kisses, Romans, and all. It's a little on the late side, though.
February 27, 2018
Other than to show that a woman called Mary who wasn't a prostitute was involved in the final weeks of the Jesus story, I have no idea what the filmmakers wanted for this project. I'm pretty sure they didn't achieve it.
February 27, 2018
Sets itself a bold task: to rescue Mary Magdalene from an age-old tradition of patriarchal condescension and misinterpretation. And yet it winds up embracing a solemn, softly-spoken and slow-moving Christian piety of its own.
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February 27, 2018
Hushed, deliberate and realised with considerable care and beauty, the resulting film has its heart entirely in the right place; its pulse, unfortunately, is far harder to locate.