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What Maisie Knew Reviews

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 19, 2013
The young Aprile is a standout in a moving, hard-hitting and surprising adaptation of the Henry James novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alice Tynan
Limelight
August 18, 2013
Seen through the eyes of a six-year-old, this film about the spectre of divorce makes for haunting viewing indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
August 18, 2013
If anything, Maisie as a character is a little too indefatigable; once in a while, you'd love her to throw a huge screaming tantrum and let her wretched parents know just what children they're being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2013
My main reservation about this film is that it is so heavy handed. But I hasten to extract the wonderful young Onata Aprile from that observation; beautifully directed and photographed, Aprile is so good as to make us question if she is acting
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2013
This is a sad tale with too many recognisable glimpses of the world in which we live
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
August 16, 2013
What Maisie Knew squares its emotions believably, provoking upset and anger at its scenes of collateral damage, but also inspiring respect for the resilience of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Mottram
Total Film
August 15, 2013
Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
July 12, 2013
The film begins ham-handedly and ends in a puddle of mawkishness, but most everything in between is sharply observed and wounding to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
July 11, 2013
Both Moore and Coogan are note-perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Gallagher
The List
June 19, 2013
This is a film that deals in subtle details, and its value lies in the way the filmmakers draw out small moments of surprise or truth from the familiar scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
June 14, 2013
It's far from the first story of a child dealing with the consequences of parental break-up -- but it may be one of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
The worthwhile subject matter becomes trivialized.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
The film is touching, filled with taste and care, but not enough to avoid being coy and sentimental.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 12, 2013
A wonderful modernized re-telling of the 1897 Henry James short story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 6, 2013
It's an intimate, well-acted and nuanced film that provides a fresh angle on an all-too-familiar struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 4, 2013
Onata Aprile is never showy and always authentic, a rare find in a child actor. In fact, she is one of the most self-possessed actors I've seen of any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 4, 2013
On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 4, 2013
A movie that's much easier to admire than to actually enjoy, no matter how well done or acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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