The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Paul Newman produces and directs The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Paul Zindel. Eccentric single mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) struggles to raise two daughters while plagued with depression, alcoholism, and financial difficulty. Her daughter Ruth (Roberta Wallach) is an epileptic teenage rebel following in the same path as her mother. However, the youngest daughter, Matilda (Nell Potts) doesn't share her family's bleak worldview. She takes an interest in school, especially in her science class taught by Mr.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The talents of everyone connected with it are unmistakable, including those of Mr. Newman... It's just that the basic material calls for a kind of second-rate bravura performance from everyone, from the production designer to the actors."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Joanne Woodward's high-decibel output comes across like a distaff version of Jon Lovitz' Master Thespian."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Sentimental without really being tender, naturalistic without being real."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Joanne Woodward's performance is not like anything she's ever done before."
‑ Roger Ebert,
"Newman and Woodward's daughter Potts steals the movie, but what makes it so watchable is Newman's reluctance to sentimentalise."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Joanne Woodward is superb."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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