Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary)
Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary) (1985)

Hail Mary is Jean-Luc Godard's first sustained examination of modern spiritual life. This complex episodic film parallels the story of a contemporary Joseph (Theirry Rode) and Mary (Myriem Roussel) with that of a science class studying… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 1985
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

This much is certain: The controversy will probably sell a lot more tickets than is warranted by the comparatively solemn, unsensational nature of the film itself.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

[S]een alongside Godard's other films, Hail Mary isn't that shocking. It's a film of great sensitivity and yearning[.]

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TV Guide

By updating the story of the Virgin Mary, Godard produced, as the critics billed it, 'the most controversial film of our time,' and for once the advertisements exaggerated only slightly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is not very good. People who have not seen a lot of films by Godard will find it especially slow-moving.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Hail Mary is limpid, serene, and, for all the pubic hair on display, glowingly chaste.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

No longer content with a materialist analysis of the state of the world, he's attempting here to film the intangible.

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Christopher Null

fascinating stuff that is beautifully photographed

Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
An offbeat movie for which I'm too intelligent to grasp the spiritual story it's supposed to convey. Gave up after trying (& tolerating with… More
Arash Xak
Godard's had some really interesting ideas here but the movie ends up being pretentious & unengaging