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Mary Magdalene has obvious reverence for its subject; unfortunately, it lacks enough momentum or depth of character to make her story interesting. Read critic reviews

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In the first century, free-spirited Mary Magdalene flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by Jesus. The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an Earth-shaking historical moment.

Cast & Crew

Rooney Mara
Mary Magdalene
Denis Ménochet
Daniel
Irit Sheleg
Mother Mary
Helen Edmundson
Screenwriter
Liz Watts
Producer
Rose Garnett
Executive Producer
Greig Fraser
Cinematographer
Hildur Guðnadóttir
Original Music
Fiona Crombie
Production Design
Jacqueline Durran
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  • Apr 12, 2020
    Mary Magdalene is feminist reinterpretation of the Gospel story through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. Rebelling against her family, a young woman from Magdala becomes a follower of a revolutionary rabbi named Jesus and forms a unique bond with him. Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film has a strong cast that gives some impressive performances (especially Mara). Drawing from the 2016 Apostle of Apostles Vatican decree, Mary is depicted as a 13th apostle who sees Jesus' vision clearer than the others. And, there are clear Gnostic influences in how Jesus' teachings are interpreted. Still, the storytelling is remarkably well-done, as are the sets and costumes. It's not the traditional Gospel telling and is a little theologically suspect, yet Mary Magdalene is a compelling character drama that presents an interesting vision of this immortal tale.
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  • Sep 13, 2018
    For a film about Mary Magdalene, there is sadly too much here about Jesus Christ and "God's design" and not enough about herself, as she becomes little more than a passive spectator in a story that poorly tries to depict life as a woman in such a strongly patriarchal society.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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