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  • 30
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Featuring murky visuals, an even murkier narrative that lamely sputters to its conclusion, and frequently amateurish performances — the effectively low-key Isabelle is a notable exception — the film never explores its undeniably disturbing issues with enough thematic depth to compensate for its ragged execution. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    It’s a truly interesting slasher fest; in this one, the heroine gets to be both beauty and beast. show more

  • 63
    Drew Hunt Slant Magazine

    The filmmakers certainly exaggerate (i.e. exploit) their subject, but for a community that prides itself on shock value, there seems no sufficient alternative. show more

  • NA
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The acting is uniformly dreadful. The level of incompetence in both writing and direction is a scream. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    Katharine Isabelle is phenomenal in one of the most original and politically engaged horrors of recent years, even if the second half isn’t a patch on the first. show more

  • 80
    Nigel Floyd Time Out London

    American Mary nods savvily to the ‘body horror’ of ‘Audition’ and ‘Dead Ringers’ but still possesses a truly original, deeply disturbing vision. show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The movie sags after Mary’s weak-willed acquiescence to crime, instantly turning her into a dull-eyed monster. You know her procedures are bound to stray from elective, but it’s hard to care. show more

  • 40
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    It's made with gusto, but there's little dramatic interest for non-enthusiasts. show more

  • 20
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Given its many failings, nothing short of an extreme makeover could save American Mary. Scalpel, please. show more

  • 42
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    Ultimately, American Mary simply reveals itself as a film with little on its mind, content to scare rubberneckers into contemplating the backstory of the more outlandish body manipulation jobs they’ve seen in public. A documentary would have sufficed. show more

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