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What Maisie Knew Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
McGehee and Siegel never find a way to really get inside Maisie's head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 2, 2013
It fails to bring much insight to what essentially amounts to a massive parental guilt trip.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 3, 2013
The aggravatingly manipulative What Maisie Knew feels, perhaps deliberately, as if its emotions were drawn in brightly colored crayon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 3, 2013
This is a fine idea for a PSA TV commercial, but (a) they already did it back in the '70s and (b) it goes on well past the 30-second mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2013
Both of these actors have been great before and will be great again. But in this bleak indie bummer that confuses hopelessness with depth, they're really nothing more than selfish, one-dimensional monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Matt Pais
May 23, 2013
Porn industry 1, Henry James 0.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2013
David Siegel and Scott McGehee's film renders the rhapsodic Henry James novel of the same name into an abhorrent slice of tasteless familial drama.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Todd Jorgenson
June 12, 2013
The worthwhile subject matter becomes trivialized.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 30, 2013
Since moving into domestic subjects, their (Scott McGehee and David Siegel's) footing has been less sure, and you'll resent What Maisie Knew's tidy conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
May 3, 2013
Directing partners Scott McGehee and David Siegel go more mainstream and downstream with this modern-day, loose riff on Henry James' late-19th-century novel.
Peter Bradshaw
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
Marc Mohan
May 30, 2013
Despite a sensitive, mature performance from Onata Aprile as Maisie, the girl remains withdrawn and opaque throughout. In telling this sad story from her perspective, it never quite plugs in to what Maisie felt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Sarah Hunt
August 19, 2013
With brilliant performances from Julianne Moore and newcomer Onata Aprile, this touching portrayal of a marriage breakdown is at times an uncomfortable watch as it focuses its attentions on the child stuck in the middle.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013
Henry James wrote the source novel in 1897, but its relevance to today's world of overworked, self-obsessed parents is downright eerie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2013
"What Maisie Knew" is an indictment of those who do not realize that innocence is not something to be scorned and used, but cherished and protected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered
April 8, 2013
What Maisie Knew is a fascinating movie about what goes on inside the mind of a child when their parents divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 23, 2013
A raw, uncomfortable examination of a family torn apart by two parents who love their daughter only half as much as they love themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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