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  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Novice director Lucky McKee wrote the first draft of this labored horror flick while he was in school, and for a student film, it's not bad. But it's not ready for the big time. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie subtly darkens its tone until, when the horrifying ending arrives, we can see how we got there. There is a final shot that would get laughs in another kind of film, but May earns the right to it, and it works, and we understand it. show more

  • 88
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    McKee, like Amenabar, knows how to position his film against type -- which ultimately makes May a refreshing, macabre tale. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Satisfyingly, May also turns out to be lowdown genre fun, a film that nearly makes up in slacker wit and high-spirited gore what it lacks in budget and elegance. show more

  • 80
    Tim Merrill Film Threat

    Call it a horror movie, a psychological thriller or a feminist splatterfest, but this sort of story is tough to get right. May gets it more than right. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The talented Bettis works her heart out, but McKee apparently directed her to play May as a quivering crazy from the start. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Writer-director McKee’s arch comic dialogue (i.e., "We’ll hang out and eat some melons or something") is out of synch with the creepy horror he wields. show more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly

    Though ultimately too waterlogged with student-film self-seriousness to revel fully in its low-rent joie de cleaver -- nevertheless taps into a furious atavistic energy that reflects well on the filmmaker and his fully committed cast. show more

  • 50
    Kim Morgan Portland Oregonian

    On paper, it sounds like the start of a good film. Too bad McKee made such a lackluster thing of it. Though the horror comes from an interesting place, it's frequently forced, negating much of the humor and pathos the film attempts to instill. show more

  • 42
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It wants to be a "Carrie" with a modern-day "Frankenstein" twist, but it lacks the smarts behind the weirdness. show more

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