Cotton Mary
Cotton Mary (2000)

Ismail Merchant, best known as a producer for his work with director James Ivory (including Howards End and A Room With a View), takes possession of the director's chair in this drama. In 1954, seven years after India has gained… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Cotton Mary, Ismail Merchant's second film as a director, puts some interestingly layered material into play, but he can't quite bring it together.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Engrossing from the first frame and written with admirable skill and insight by Alexandra Viets, Cotton Mary is a milestone for Merchant Ivory and a pleasure for the company's admirers.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Cotton Mary is uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An Indian drama about the de-humanizing effects of class-warfare.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film wants to make larger points, but succeeds only in being a story of derangement.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A heavy-handed melodrama whose title character is a symbol with a capital S.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

There's a definite thrill to be gained from watching elements of genre trash invade such a film.

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