What Maisie Knew


What Maisie Knew (2013)


Critic Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.


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A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

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Amelia Campbell
as Ms. Baine
Maddie Corman
as Ms. Fairchild-Tetenbaum
Paddy Croft
as Mrs. Wix
Trevor Long
as Musician #1
Nadia Gan
as Hostess
Samantha Buck
as Zoe's Mother
Anne O'Shea
as Administrator
Malachi Weir
as Manager
Ellen Crown
as Counselor
Zachary Unger
as Freckly Boy
Tr Pescod
as Grey-Haired Guy
Robert Kirk
as Li Locksmith
Nate Lang
as Lawyer
Shobhit Agarwal
as NY Locksmith
Sean Gormley
as Margo's Uncle
Luke Forbes
as Musician on Bus
Stephen Mailer
as Zoe's Father
Harrison Nesbit
as Pizza Delivery Boy
Evangelo Bousis
as Photographer
Bruce Cannon
as Puppeteer 1
Valentine Aprile
as Martin's Mother
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Critic Reviews for What Maisie Knew

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (35)

A rather sentimental, precious tale, and the important sense of Maisie growing up and learning about the world and its failings doesn't come through.

Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision.

Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is touching, filled with taste and care, but not enough to avoid being coy and sentimental.

Jun 12, 2013 | Full Review…

On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior.

Jun 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What Maisie Knew gives the audience a ground-eye view of its mesmerizing title character, a plucky, charismatic New Yorker who navigates downtown bars and building lobbies with the street savvy of a pro.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Maisie Knew


A sensitive and sad film that can be uncomfortable and infuriating sometimes as we witness a child getting caught in the middle of a troubling divorce between her pitiful parents - and it knows how to tackle this delicate matter with the subtlety that it deserves.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not a bad movie by any means, but really expected something more. With a title like that, I thought there was some huge dark secret to reveal. There's not. What Maisie knows is what it is apparent to the audience pretty much from scene one - her parents are hopeless. That's it. There's no abuse or scandal here. Light drug use is hinted at, but not explored - just two people who shouldn't have been a couple and certainly shouldn't have had a child together. Both parents move on to other partners. It just so happens that the partner Maisie's dad chooses is the nanny hired by her mother. Then both parents behave selfishly and loose their new partners - the two get together and look after Maisie. That's where it gets far fetched and lost me. The child actress who plays Maisie is very good. The adult cast are also effective. The story just could have been so much more than it was.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This is a heart wrenching story of a precious little girl (brilliantly played by Onata Aprile) caught between her two unbelievably, selfish, divorced parents. Nothing terribly bad, or tragic, happens in this movie. However, my heart was breaking just from watching the confusion, and heartbreak, in this little girl's eyes as she is continually let down by her immature parents. This movie is very slow going, but worth the effort. A rather happy, but bittersweet ending, also.....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

** "What Maisie Knew" is one of those dramas that takes itself very seriously, and in the end doesn't really know what it what's to be. At least that's what I took away from it. This is pretty much about the absolute worst set of parents ever(Jullianne Moore and Steve Coogan). They fight all the time and neglect their daughter, Maisie. The are always pawning her off to the nanny(and Coogan's new wife) Margo(Joanna Vanderham) and Moore's new boyfriend Lincoln(Alexander Skarsgård ) They pretty much bond with Maisie while her parents are off doing who knows what with who knows who. It's find of a downer of a movie, even though it's not really meant to be that way. It's very slow and the performances are all solid, but nothing spectacular. This is one to just skip and catch on Netflix eventually if your really bored, or need help sleeping.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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