Mary and Max
Mary and Max (2009)

Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

While perhaps it doesn't fully sustain its 90-odd-minute running time, Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Remarkable and poignant...

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Simon Miraudo

The universe that is inhabited by Mary and Max is breathtaking, and must have required years of painstaking attention to detail to forge.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The mixture of artistic sophistication and emotional crudeness cancel each other out.

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Justin Chang

Clearly a labor of love, but one destined perhaps to be loved by a very select few.

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Jamie S. Rich

"Mary and Max" dares to be equally funny and sad, making it as bittersweet as Max's favorite chocolate.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

In a perverse and often immature way, it forthrightly deals with mature issues of love, friendship, forgiveness and mental health. It requires a mature audience, but an audience nonetheless.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Those adults brave enough to confront the perils of animation will be treated to a wise, visually unique, emotional gem of a film that will leave you wondering how two clay figures damn near broke your heart.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!
Michael Edwards
This is a film that I think its hard to decide what I really think about this movie. I can decide that it is a good film but I can't decide if it was an… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A beautiful and heartbreaking claymation about depression, loneliness and friendship, crafted with a gorgeous production design, a fantastic direction and a… More
Louis Rogers
Very unusual, absorbing animation, both sensitive and dark. Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the show as the voice of Max.
Sam Barnett
As good as anything Pixar has made in terms of emotional power, but a lot less known. What a shame. Mary and Max is one of the best animated movies I have ever… More
Mark Walker
Back In 2003, director Adam Elliot released an animated short called "Harvie Krumpet". It went on to win an Oscar and like most animators after… More