M.F.A. (2017)



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An art student struggling with creativity is violently raped by a fellow classmate. After attempting the traditional routes to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker - a decision that has deadly repercussions. Her world is turned upside down as a chilling reality is uncovered: she is one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus. A vigilante is born- retribution is the inspiration she's been waiting for.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Francesca Eastwood takes after her father, Clint: she's magnetic and convincing as a vigilante, despite her character's implausibly quick switch from wallflower to assassin

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Noelle is a millennial Dirty Harry, tackling the social problems that face this generation in a story that's outsized in nature but metaphorically pierces right at the heart of the matter.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Less a pulse-pounding thriller than a conversation starter about injustice and vigilantism.

Oct 14, 2017 | Full Review…

"M.F.A.'s" themes call for a careful, consistent tone that it is rarely able to maintain, and an increasingly ridiculous third act squanders much of the empathy and engagement that Leite works so hard to build in the early going.

Mar 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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Eastwood is fearless and a major revelation. She's destined for great things.

Nov 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Anchored by a genre-defying performance from Francesca Eastwood, M.F.A. deserves to land at the top of your must-see list.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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M.F.A. is a provocative and disturbing thriller. After being date raped, Noelle (an art school student) turns vigilante; seeking revenge against her attacker and looking into other rape cases on campus that have been ignored or covered up. The film addresses some controversial and topical issues about college campuses and rape; such as trying the victim and prevention verses punishment. It also questions whether violence really solves anything and the morality of vigilante justice. And Francesca Eastwood gives an especially strong performance. It's kind of a formulaic revenge thriller, but M.F.A. has an interesting message...beyond the stereotypical "dig two graves."

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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I assume the tile acronym is the shorthand for Master of Fine Arts, but I really hope it stands for Men's Frights Activist.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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