Mary Magdalene Reviews

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July 25, 2019
Neither its director knows how to take advantage of the approach, nor the lead actress manages to deliver the intensity that characterizes the film. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 7, 2019
Judea, AD 33, is a patriarchy chafing under Roman rule into which wilful Mary, not a prostitute as popularly supposed but a parental handful all the same, doesn't fit.
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.
May 3, 2019
Unfortunately, rather than explore what exactly it was that drove [Mary Magdalene] along, Garth Davis's film is more content to simply push her personal narrative to the side while going about the usual Bible-movie business.
May 1, 2019
Mary Magdalene presents a feminist defense of Mary and more shading to Jesus's other apostles, but its particular method of world-building does little in terms of impact.
April 27, 2019
The glacial pace and almost inert action makes it a challenge to get through at times.
April 26, 2019
Mara as Mary conveyed stillness and a contemplative, firm spirit open to God's will and willing to follow Jesus where the apostles dared not go.
April 22, 2019
The music score by the late Johann Johannsson has special music for each scene and that, in itself, becomes part of the cast.
April 22, 2019
One glance at Joaquin Phoenix being morose and anguished and weirdly sinister and the people of Judea would not have said, "Tell us more, teacher." They would have dialed IX-I-I.
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 19, 2019
A creative, relevant, and reverent film about Mary Magdalene, a deeply spiritual woman for all ages.
April 19, 2019
Sleepwalks through the Stations of the Cross with an enervated, let's-get-this-over-with-already energy that reminded me of going to Mass on one of those hot, hungover Sunday mornings when not even the priest can feign interest in being there.
April 18, 2019
There's exactly one image in the film that reflects a modicum of directorial imagination...
April 18, 2019
This film honors the magnitude of its subject with virtue of its own.
April 17, 2019
Ironically, in its enthusiasm for its exceptional heroine, the film actually undermines Jesus' challenge to the patriarchal norms of his day.
April 15, 2019
The best part is the quiet captivation of Jóhann Jóhannsson's final musical score.
April 14, 2019
[T]he story is an important corrective missive aimed at a bureaucracy that's slow to change. Your movie, Mary. Your move, Gregory.
April 13, 2019
The film approaches Mary Magdalene with sensitivity at Terrence Malick speed giving the audience plenty of time to absorb Garth Davis' eye-opening film about the often misunderstood disciple of Christ.
April 12, 2019
Perhaps inevitably, Mary's story is upstaged by that of Jesus, rendering her a periphery rather than an influential figure. Thus, the film struggles in its effort to bring an oft-told tale back to life.
April 12, 2019
Mary Magdalene is in many ways an act of love, an effort to tell its story both freshly and honestly, with fidelity to Scripture.
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