What Maisie Knew
What Maisie Knew (2013)

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 13, 2013
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87%
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

What Maisie Knew gives the audience a ground-eye view of its mesmerizing title character, a plucky, charismatic New Yorker who navigates downtown bars and building lobbies with the street savvy of a pro.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Esta é a grande tragédia dos maus pais: o fato de não merecerem o amor incondicional que recebem dos pequenos seres que destroem com tanta facilidade.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

The film is touching, filled with taste and care, but not enough to avoid being coy and sentimental.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day.

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Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

It's often-heartbreaking stuff, but never feels manipulative, mostly because the movie puts itself in Maisie's shoes. Strongly recommended

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior.

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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers

It's a study of human nature, not at its worst, but at its most typically pathetic, and it goes to show that the more things don't change, the more they stay lousy.

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Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine

Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation commendably preserves the book's child perspective even if it doesn't quite match the characteristically dark shades of the author's moral fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not a bad movie by any means, but really expected something more. With a title like that, I thought there was some huge dark secret to reveal. There's not.… More
Everett Johnson
** "What Maisie Knew" is one of those dramas that takes itself very seriously, and in the end doesn't really know what it what's to be. At… More
Anthony Lawrie
Based on Henry James' 1897 novel of the same name, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's contemporary version of What Maisie Knew is pretty much exactly… More
Carlos Magalhães
A sensitive and sad film that can be uncomfortable and infuriating to watch sometimes as we witness a child getting caught in the middle of a troubling divorce… More
Cynthia S.
This is a heart wrenching story of a precious little girl (brilliantly played by Onata Aprile) caught between her two unbelievably, selfish, divorced parents.… More
Nate Zoebl
Did you know that What Maisie Knew is based on a novel by Henry James that was published in 1897? I sure didn't, but then again my knowledge of Mr. James… More