Maudie

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Maudie's talented cast -- particularly Sally Hawkins in the title role -- breathe much-needed depth into a story that only skims the surface of a fascinating life and talent.

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MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Cast

Sally Hawkins
as Maud Lewis
Ethan Hawke
as Everett Lewis
Zachary Bennett
as Charles Dowley
Lawrence Barry
as Mr. Davis (Shopkeeper)
Greg Malone
as Mr. Hill
Nik Sexton
as Steven (CBC Reporter)
Judy Hancock
as Ida's Nurse
Mike Daly
as Man at Bar
Denise Sinnott
as Hospital Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Maudie

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (134) | Rotten (16)

  • Both writer and director set out in search of a heroine. They're so intent on crafting a legend, they leave out the uncomfortable bits. They do her and us a disservice in that respect.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maud's life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is her movie.

    August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
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  • A difficult and highly mannered performance from Sally Hawkins coupled with a repugnant and profoundly unappealing character played by Ethan Hawke sink this curious, and curiously saccharine, biopic.

    August 4, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Maud Lewis left the world a brighter place than she found it. This drably earnest rendering of her life story doesn't follow suit.

    August 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A big performance at the centre of rather a modest film.

    August 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Aisling Walsh knows how to balance the comedy and the pathos as she takes us through her subject's life and chronicles her unlikely emergence as an artist.

    August 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maudie

  • Jan 07, 2018
    A simple and affecting biopic that could have been easily made forgettable but instead benefits immensely from Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke's fantastic performances - especially the former, who offers us a character that brings us to tears with her sensibility and sweetness.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2017
    Finally, the biopic of obscure Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis that we've all been clamoring for has arrived. What's that? You've never heard of her much less even care why there's a movie about her? Obviously, since Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film The Shape of Water is going to secure Sally Hawkins with a best actress Oscar nomination, there has to be a primer film where she also plays a small disabled woman with a romantic attraction to fish so that when she wins people like me can say, "I knew she would. She was great in The Shape of Water, but she was also in a little indie film earlier this year called Maudie, and it was just lovely." Well, I'm gonna get ahead of myself and say it: Maudie is just lovely - a quiet little film to cuddle with your cat to. The performances from Hawkins and Ethan Hawke are interesting, although I had a hard time imagining Hawke's real life fishmongering counterpart being such an abusive sperg to an arthritic little lady who just likes to paint flowers and other rustic miscellany. And Hawkins is as adorable as a puppy who got booped on the nose. At its heart, the film is a meditation on finding joy in the coldest of corners and an escape from the mundane through expressivity. Set in a beautifully bleak Nova Scotia, Maudie proves that creativity trumps small town mindedness every day. The storekeeper in the film sneers "My five year old could do better [paintings]." Well, mister, your five year old probably isn't the subject of a limited release biopic, is he?
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2017
    Sally Hawkins and Ethan hawke do very well here as marginalized fringe personalities, given the short shrift so often in life and society that they fully expect it as the natural course and are little surprised in their positions, who discover an uneasy grace with one another. How they navigate their lives and emotions I found to be satisfying moviemaking.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2017
    Fantastic acting by Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke (wasn't John Hawkes available) in a story that proves love can be expressed in so many different forms. Beautifully shot capturing the isolation and simplicity of that place and time . Hawkins might be the female Daniel Day Lewis of our times. (7-22-17)
    John C Super Reviewer

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