The Most Hated Woman In America
The Most Hated Woman In America (2017)

A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of the "American Atheists" and pioneering firebrand in the political culture war, The Most Hated Woman in America captures the rise and fall of a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 24, 2017
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

A film that is simultaneously too much and nothing at all because it's jumping around so much narratively.

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Robert Abele
TheWrap

The fiery breadth of the woman's life as a professional poke in religious America's eye is missing from this narrow, ineffectual offering, which presents itself as true-crime saga and bad-mommy soap opera more than a portrait of a complicated individual.

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Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman

Melissa Leo delivers a powerhouse performance as the Austin atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair in director Tommy O'Haver's The Most Hated Woman in America.

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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

Murray O'Hair was a force of nature, and Leo captures her formidable bluster, along with flashes of vulnerability contrasting with the stern certainty of her public appearances.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to a tasty take-no-prisoners lead performance by Melissa Leo, it can ... be a lot of fun, even if the Netflix original film's dramatic dividends prove less satisfying.

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Jordan Hoffman
Guardian

Its desultory storytelling and seesaw of tonal shifts is frustrating in a way that so many poor biographical films tend to be. It's a pity, as O'Hair is a heck of a historical figure and Melissa Leo is, in many scenes, quite gripping.

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David Ehrlich
indieWire

[The film] makes it abundantly clear that Madalyn Murray O'Hair was a riveting human being whose story is worth telling in our messed up times, but the film never has the slightest idea of what that story might be about.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

Seems to fall right where you'd expect: slightly better than your average TV movie, while not as good as your typical theatrical release.

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