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: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

She is an enigma and her rise to success a mirror of self-delusional hokum that should make us pause in reflection.

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David Ehrlich

[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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Jessica Baxter
Hammer to Nail

It doesn't quite succeed in emulating its influences, but it does effectively tell the story of a woman who deserves to be remembered.

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Brian Tallerico

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

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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Kaitlyn Schiess
Christianity Today

The Most Hated Woman isn't a documentary, and it certainly isn't pretending to be perfectly historically accurate. It does, however, draw out some of the real underlying issues still impacting politics today.

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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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Nathan Osborne
Film Inquiry

The Most Hated Woman in America appears chained to the path of mediocrity, as is now typical with Netflix's original films.

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