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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Cartwright, find something sadly timeless in a child torn apart in a custody battle that no one wins, least of all the child. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Who would have thought that one of the most provocative and affecting films made about the fallout from 21st century divorce would have emanated from a 19th century novel? show more

  • 88
    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. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A broken-family melodrama with a minimum of histrionics, Scott McGehee's and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew begins from scenes that will be familiar to most viewers who've witnessed a custody battle. Things get pretty orchestrated from that familiar scenario onward, but never to the point of unbelievability. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    What Maisie Knew flirts with sentimentality but mostly keeps it at bay until the very end, at which point the filmmakers and we realize the kid has probably earned it. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Young Onata Aprile makes Maisie a passive wonder, a sweetly poker-faced, nonjudgmental and hopeful child, even as she’s being ditched at bars, forgotten at school or passed back and forth like a prize, or a bad penny. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For those who have read the book, this contemporary adaptation of a once avant-garde story feels exactly right. show more

  • 75
    Sheila O'Malley

    Some of the twists the film takes, particularly in its final third, strain the powers of belief, but the ending, thankfully, does not soft-pedal all that came before. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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. show more

  • June 08, 2013 IRENE
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    fabulous little actress deserving of an oscar nomination!

  • May 31, 2013 cindykay
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    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
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    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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