MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. Reviews

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July 3, 2019
Fittingly, this intriguing, frustrating and lively documentary on the trailblazing Sri Lankan-born recording artist M.I.A. sends many a mixed message.
June 26, 2019
This documentary reveals, from an excellent use of hundreds of hours of intimate archive material, the multiple artistic and political facets of the talented and provocative singer-songwriter M.I.A. [Full review in Spanish]
June 26, 2019
The richness of the documentary is centered on its protagonist and the great amount of archival material used in the film. [Full review in Spanish]
March 5, 2019
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. delivers the goods in a lot of ways, but begs for a fuller picture of the vivid artist.
January 9, 2019
...utterly fascinating...
December 11, 2018
A fascinating, if lop-sided, portrait of a musical maverick.
November 27, 2018
[M.I.A's] overarching story of art, politics and disenchantment, so common to the music documentary, is satisfying as an argument against artifice. M.I.A., the artist, activist and person, is everything you've heard and more.
November 20, 2018
A fascinating look at one of the most relentlessly talented and unique musicians working today, and the film fits the artist.
October 31, 2018
We get a searing intimate portrayal of M.I.A./Maya, with the documentary as her heartfelt diary and manifesto.
October 29, 2018
...this documentary is trying to evoke the coolness of M.I.A. and if there's anybody who doesn't deserve the disservice of a bland tribute it's M.I.bloody.A. (innit?).
October 27, 2018
[H]er music is infectious. But this documentary about M.I.A., is, like its subject, provocative and problematic. She is absolutely fascinating; the film, however, is only intermittently interesting.
October 26, 2018
Documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. makes a case for our own self-reflection: What do we owe the 'Paper Planes' pop star?
October 13, 2018
If there is one note that rings clear through all the xeroxed, glitchy, abrasive background noise, it is that of authenticity and sincerity.
October 10, 2018
The effect of Loveridge's choices are almost alarmingly cohesive and summon as much M.I.A. as the decade she herself evoked.
October 10, 2018
When one looks at how divisive and misunderstood she is as an artist, such an approach is probably the best way to handle someone like M.I.A. Just like the artist herself, there's very little bulls--t here.
October 8, 2018
Mildly engaging, but intellectually underwhelming with clunky editing.
October 7, 2018
If the documentary is unsatisfying, it's because it gives us no definite answers about identity, about a reconciliation of self, about how to live in this world as many contradictions, belonging everywhere and nowhere.
October 5, 2018
The movie is probably already too far in [M.I.A.'s] court to win over any new fans, but if you're an old fan, you'll thoroughly enjoy the blunt, brisk energy here.
October 5, 2018
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. will function as an introduction and an education. Just don't expect to walk away admiring everything about this complicated persona.
October 5, 2018
[An] unpolished but ultimately intriguing film...
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