MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. Reviews

October 5, 2018
[An] unpolished but ultimately intriguing film...
October 4, 2018
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is an illuminating and enjoyable portrait of one of the most interesting pop musicians of this century who, even after this, remains inscrutable in many of the ways that matter.
October 4, 2018
It is fascinating to watch M.I.A. develop into middle-age as, inevitably, the sum of her own best efforts.
October 3, 2018
Loveridge celebrates the mashup aesthetic that enabled the artist to find a voice, and reveals that reconciling contradictions... is key to both Arulpragasam's music and the life she's constructed with audacity and wit.
October 3, 2018
Inspires deep respect for the fierce and independent artist she is.
Top Critic
September 28, 2018
It is the synthesis of these contradictions, and how they've illuminated M.I.A.'s career path that makes up the spine of Loveridge's fascinating portrait.
September 28, 2018
The thoughtfully assembled story of a young, opinionated and infinitely talented immigrant woman.
September 27, 2018
The documentary elicits some viewer indignation on her behalf, but overall, it's not a very inspired piece of work.
September 26, 2018
A lucid crystallization of both Arulpragasam's private life and her public mission, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. offers an intimate profile of a righteously modern renegade without ever feeling like propaganda or a plea to stream her latest album on Spotify.
September 21, 2018
At a time when pop profiles are increasingly bland self-promotion...this fascinating film from Stephen Loveridge is unafraid to mix the personal with the political and the painfully intimate.
September 20, 2018
Perhaps there is just too much MIA for one film to handle. One thing's for sure, in an era of manufactured pop stars, she is resplendently unfiltered.
September 18, 2018
Well put together and packed with lots of revealing behind-the-scenes footage.
April 2, 2018
[Stephen] Loveridge's movie is a fantastic and kinetic fulfillment of Maya Arulpragasam's desire, back then, to be heard as more than an entertainer.
Top Critic
January 29, 2018
It's a film as compellingly all over the shop as its subject, even if it doesn't quite have her beat on stylistic verve and risk.
January 25, 2018
The director and subject struggle to say everything about globalism, fame, identity and whatever else comes into their heads, until the film is at risk of saying nothing much at all.
January 24, 2018
The film comes from a place of deep admiration for MIA, but unlike more fawning biographies, it makes a convincing case that this admiration is well earned.