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Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As "Mary and Max" chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs. Like Elliot and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"While perhaps it doesn't fully sustain its 90-odd-minute running time, Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Remarkable and poignant..."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Ultimately, Mary and Max is about correspondence and lack of correspondence, about how our images and fantasies about others fail to match up to what they are like, and about the constitutive gaps and misfirings in any communicational practice."
‑ Mark Fisher, Sight and Sound
"Funny, poignant and moving, this quirky and clever film oozes heart and insights into human nature."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Clearly a labor of love, but one destined perhaps to be loved by a very select few."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz."
‑ Fiona Williams, sbs.com.au
"Everyone and everything is bursting with a hyper-real life that is pitched perfectly to the tragi-comic tone of the story."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The themes are nicely complemented by Elliot's animation style, which is full of wonky cityscapes and misshapen characters, something that gives this oddball story a lovely, tactile, handcrafted feel."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"In a perverse and often immature way, it forthrightly deals with mature issues of love, friendship, forgiveness and mental health. It requires a mature audience, but an audience nonetheless."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
""Mary and Max" dares to be equally funny and sad, making it as bittersweet as Max's favorite chocolate."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Unapologetically bleak and delivered with dashes of sweetness and sharp wit, Mary and Max deserves notice for being such an unexpected change of pace."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"Animated indie explores unusual friendship, heavy themes."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Has charm, curiosity and heart in spades."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
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