Maria Full of Grace
Maria Full of Grace (2004)

A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel--in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In a striking debut, Moreno carries the movie and puts a human face on the drug trade.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Marston's compact, personal film doesn't judge his Maria, it merely observes her, explains her and humanizes a dark corner of a dirty business.

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David Denby
New Yorker

One of the emblematic migration stories of our time.

Nick Rogers

The subject could be, and has been, exploitative in other films, but Joshua Marston shrewdly sketches asides of drama about whether Maria should simply remain in New York. To his credit, that outcome feels as fraught with peril as her drug-running.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The fact that [Moreno's] Maria is so believable, so compelling, rests entirely on what she brings to the part, not what the part brings to her. Her face is the kind that can carry a movie on the strength of sheer screen presence.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A stunner of a film.

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Cole Smithey

"Maria Full Of Grace" was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and carries the cinematic currency of an important and thought provoking drama.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

One of those films that finds strength in its directness, that passes up the fireworks and cheap tricks and just goes straight for the starkness of a powerful situation.

David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Maria Full of Grace' offers a clear picture of the economics that drive the hopeless many to take risks in the enrichment of the few.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
This was quite a story to see portrayed on film. Not to be missed.
Randy Tippy
A beautiful Colombian teenager discovers that 'easy money' isn't always so easy when she gets lured into the harsh, dangerous world of drug… More
Dan Schultz
An original take on the drug trade, dealing with a seventeen year old girl (Catalina Sandino Moreno) who, pressured to find a job, agrees to become a drug mule,… More
Megan S
Really really good movie. For some reason I didn't realize it was in Spanish but I love Spanish movies. It was very real and sucked me in.
Lady D'arbanville
An impressive film which shows a realistic story based around drug muelling. Great performances all around, but particularly from Catalina Sandino Moreno who… More
Jennifer Xu
very powerful and gripping story. and good wordplay with the hail mary prayer thing.

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