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A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of the "American Atheists" and pioneering firebrand in the political culture war, The Most Hated Woman in America captures the rise and fall of a complex character who was a controversial villain to some and an unlikely hero to others.

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Cast

Melissa Leo
as Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Juno Temple
as Robin Murray O'Hair
Peter Fonda
as Reverend Harrington
Josh Lucas
as David Waters
Rory Cochrane
as Gary Karr
Michael Chernus
as Jon Garth Murray
José Zúñiga
as Detective Campos
Alex Frost
as Danny Fry
Marco Sanchez
as Frank Gonzalez
Vivienne Taylor
as Prayer Girl
Alycen Malone
as 50's Housewife #1
Danya LaBelle
as FBI Agent Smith
Ward Roberts
as Leon Penski
Andy Walken
as Young Bill Jr.
Frankie Sims
as AA Member
Anthony Vitale
as Mark Sparrow
Lynn Telzer
as Teen Susan
David Henry Begin
as Young Jon Garth
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

She is an enigma and her rise to success a mirror of self-delusional hokum that should make us pause in reflection.

March 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A film that is simultaneously too much and nothing at all because it's jumping around so much narratively.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Murray O'Hair was a force of nature, and Leo captures her formidable bluster, along with flashes of vulnerability contrasting with the stern certainty of her public appearances.

March 22, 2017 | Full Review…

[The film] makes it abundantly clear that Madalyn Murray O'Hair was a riveting human being whose story is worth telling in our messed up times, but the film never has the slightest idea of what that story might be about.

March 20, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The fiery breadth of the woman's life as a professional poke in religious America's eye is missing from this narrow, ineffectual offering, which presents itself as true-crime saga and bad-mommy soap opera more than a portrait of a complicated individual.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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Thanks to a tasty take-no-prisoners lead performance by Melissa Leo, it can ... be a lot of fun, even if the Netflix original film's dramatic dividends prove less satisfying.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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