Maudie Reviews

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August 25, 2017
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.
Top Critic
August 17, 2017
Maud's life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is her movie.
August 4, 2017
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 3, 2017
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
A big performance at the centre of rather a modest film.
August 2, 2017
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.
July 22, 2017
An oddly affecting love story about burying the hurt and trudging forward in the face of pain and finding your own version of happiness.
July 13, 2017
There's much to appreciate in Maudie, especially if you're a fan of odd-pair love stories, but don't expect to learn much about what drives folk artists to create or what makes a woman pelted by life's lemons squeeze them into lemonade.
July 13, 2017
"Maudie" is a work of art.
July 7, 2017
An unsentimental but emotional film for anyone who suspects in their heart of hearts that suffering really is the only thing that makes anyone worth a damn.
July 6, 2017
What shines through is the beauty of Guy Godfree's cinematography - the light has a lovely, soft stillness to it, like a painting - and a remarkable performance by Hawkins, whose impossibly wide smile seems to bring the sun.
June 29, 2017
Sally Hawkins is a delight in "Maudie," but then, when isn't she?
June 29, 2017
The story offers many opportunities for glibness and sentimentality. Walsh falls for none of them.
June 22, 2017
This Irish-Canadian drama tells the true story of Maud Lewis (played beautifully by Sally Hawkins).
June 22, 2017
Hawkins disappears into the performance, capturing Maud's physical limitations but also the light in her eyes, the sly humor in her observations about life -- and her gift for seeing the greatest beauty in the simplest things.
June 22, 2017
[Hawkins is] such a vivid presence, so alert to what can be mined from the space in between her lines, she lifts "Maudie" above the pedestrian.
June 22, 2017
Hawke is good at playing bad, but Hawkins is better, rendering, in "Maudie," a portrait of a woman that feels raw, real and revelatory.
June 21, 2017
One way to get through the long, agonizing experience of "Maudie" is to convince yourself it's a comedy. The spectacle of the actors flailing in a vacuum makes this possible, but intermittently, so the relief comes only in bursts.
June 20, 2017
Hawkins doesn't rise above the film's conception, but she makes it work.
June 16, 2017
Aisling Walsh's shimmering drama hands Sally Hawkins an Oscar-worthy role in an emotional and inspirational biopic about art, love and this cruel beautiful world of ours.
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