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What Maisie Knew Reviews

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September 5, 2017
The acting is marvellous - never teetering into easy caricature - while the drama is sensitive, humorous and tear-jerking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2017
Henry James's complicated and courageous novel has been distilled down to a screed about the dangers and consequences of bad parenting.
January 10, 2014
Esta é a grande tragédia dos maus pais: o fato de não merecerem o amor incondicional que recebem dos pequenos seres que destroem com tanta facilidade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2013
It's often-heartbreaking stuff, but never feels manipulative, mostly because the movie puts itself in Maisie's shoes. Strongly recommended
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2013
Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation commendably preserves the book's child perspective even if it doesn't quite match the characteristically dark shades of the author's moral fare.
September 29, 2013
A superb, moving film, it's a tribute to author Henry James that his 1897 story could prove so illuminating when adapted for the 21st century. Performances throughout are terrific, seeped as they are in guilt, resentment and confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2013
The filmmakers, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, seem not at all intimidated by Henry James's formidable prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
September 7, 2013
Some scenes are tinged with dark comedy; some are heartrending; and some fuse the two, as when Maisie comforts a tearful friend during a sleepover in Susanna's huge Manhattan townhouse, while the delinquent grown-ups indulge themselves downstairs.
August 30, 2013
[Onata Aprile's] tremendously-believable on-screen spirit reminds us how resilient children can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2013
What Maisie Knew runs its titular, newly-orphaned moppet through so many heartbreaking scenarios and encounters, I was stirred to start drawing up the adoption papers myself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2013
This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be.
August 23, 2013
Even though this drama is based on a 115-year-old novel, it feels powerfully timely today in the way it recounts events surrounding a particularly grim divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 23, 2013
Vanderham and Skarsgård put in career bests; Moore - and this is really saying something - hasn't been this impressive since Safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 23, 2013
[A] beautifully acted, thought-provoking drama that skilfully updates Henry James's little-read 1897 novella to the modern era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2013
Handsomely shot and stopping just short of cloying sentiment, this is an accomplished, engaging work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2013
Whenever Moore is off screen - the only character with size-10 oomph - the film risks evaporating altogether. Moral: it isn't that easy to modernise Henry James.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2013
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerfully emotional and strikingly perceptive drama with excellent performances from a note-perfect cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2013
McGehee and Siegel never find a way to really get inside Maisie's head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2013
Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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