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What Maisie Knew

(2013)

Rated R for some language.

R In Theaters 05/3/2013 , 98min.
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Viewer Score
83%
Viewer score based on 7 ratings
74%
Critic score based on 27 reviews

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June 08, 2013
schearit13
fabulous little actress deserving of an oscar nomination!
May 31, 2013
cindykay
As a mother, it's hard to watch especially the shamelessly manipulative part played by Moore. The acting was good, especially the little girl.
May 31, 2013
lgjhere1
In the 1890s during James' days, novelists didn't follow the arc principle that we do today; they gave spalshes of scenes here and there. Unfortunately, this film follows does the same thing for the first half of the movie that leaves one wondering where it is going and if they should be going for the exit. It picks up when it becomes linear. Excellent acting all around, especially the young one.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
For those who have read the book, this contemporary adaptation of a once avant-garde story feels exactly right. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
What Maisie Knew lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them can be answered by guilty and belated displays of affection. It accomplishes this not by means of melodrama, but by a mixture of understatement and thriller-worthy suspense. Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
The film is admirably committed to simulating the messy experience of life as a real Maisie might live it. But sometimes, as she's tuckered out on her exquisite linens beneath gorgeous exposed brick and shelves of handcrafted toys, Maisie's world feels easier to admire than it is to worry over. Full Review
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
The film wraps up too neatly to be believed, not leaving questions unanswered so much as failing to ask them. Full Review
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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