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An independent director casts himself as Jesus Christ in his film. The actress playing Mary Magdalene travels alone to Jerusalem after the shoot to continue her spiritual journey inspired by her role. A year later in Manhattan, a superstar network journalist investigates the life and times of Jesus Christ. While his show receives high ratings, he and his wife face a crisis for which they are spiritually unprepared.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mary is a mess. An inter esting one, yet still a mess."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Tightly framed and tightly wound, Mary is a claustrophobic, incandescent, nutty 83 minutes with everyone in the cast teetering on the ledge of madness."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Stylistically sophisticated and emotionally visceral"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A triune plot that Ferrara digs into with sleeves fully rolled up."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Ferrara presents his ideas in what's meant to be a meditation on the nature of faith but ends up an incoherent, pretentious mess."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Mary is a convoluted, hysterical mess of a movie with grandiose spiritual airs and not a drop of humor."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A sincere grapple with faith and redemption in cynical times."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Many Ferrara faithful fetching for something uncanny will line up and get what they bargained for."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Very little of this mess works in any conventional sense, but as the performances begin to redline, the movie examines the relationship between performance and contrition."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"...both Forest Whitaker and Juliette Binoche (as with the rest of the cast) give such amazing performances that they should be added to the list of the best work of their careers."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"It feels like the kind of snoozy artistic modulation that critics often confuse for maturation."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Murky and forgettable."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Cult director Abel Ferrara bites off more than he can chew with this murky, unfocused exploration of religion and faith in the age of media madness."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
"Oy, what a mess."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Somehow turns confusion into a concise study on what it means to believe in god in this day and age."
‑ Chris Cabin,
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