Cotton Mary
Cotton Mary (2000)

Ismail Merchant, best known as a producer for his work with director James Ivory (including Howards End and A Room With a View), takes possession of the director's chair in this drama. In 1954, seven years after India has gained… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Cotton Mary, Ismail Merchant's second film as a director, puts some interestingly layered material into play, but he can't quite bring it together.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

Shows that Merchant couldn't direct.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Engrossing from the first frame and written with admirable skill and insight by Alexandra Viets, Cotton Mary is a milestone for Merchant Ivory and a pleasure for the company's admirers.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Cotton Mary is uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An Indian drama about the de-humanizing effects of class-warfare.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film wants to make larger points, but succeeds only in being a story of derangement.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Jaffrey's majestic presence eclipses the shortcomings of Cotton Mary.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

There's a definite thrill to be gained from watching elements of genre trash invade such a film.

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