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Based on 39 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Marston builds incredible tension. But it's the human drama etched on Moreno's young, weary face that gives Maria its potent punch. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A remarkable -- and harrowing -- debut feature that makes you think there's hope after all for the future of independent films. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Accomplishes two great things on what was undoubtedly a minuscule budget. It breathes life into a small story that has larger ramifications. It also shows that America, as represented by Jackson Heights, is still the promised land for people about whom movies are rarely made. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, the ending is a bit of a cop-out, but that's a small criticism for a film with such decent perspectives. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A fantastic film. show more

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