What Maisie Knew
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"What Maisie Knew gives the audience a ground-eye view of its mesmerizing title character, a plucky, charismatic New Yorker who navigates downtown bars and building lobbies with the street savvy of a pro."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Esta é a grande tragédia dos maus pais: o fato de não merecerem o amor incondicional que recebem dos pequenos seres que destroem com tanta facilidade."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A superb, moving film, it's a tribute to author Henry James that his 1897 story could prove so illuminating when adapted for the 21st century. Performances throughout are terrific, seeped as they are in guilt, resentment and confusion."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"[Onata Aprile's] tremendously-believable on-screen spirit reminds us how resilient children can be."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The film is touching, filled with taste and care, but not enough to avoid being coy and sentimental."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's often-heartbreaking stuff, but never feels manipulative, mostly because the movie puts itself in Maisie's shoes. Strongly recommended"
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"The filmmakers, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, seem not at all intimidated by Henry James's formidable prose."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"What Maisie Knew runs its titular, newly-orphaned moppet through so many heartbreaking scenarios and encounters, I was stirred to start drawing up the adoption papers myself."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior."
‑ Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"It's a study of human nature, not at its worst, but at its most typically pathetic, and it goes to show that the more things don't change, the more they stay lousy."
‑ Mick LaSalle, Hearst Newspapers
"Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation commendably preserves the book's child perspective even if it doesn't quite match the characteristically dark shades of the author's moral fare."
‑ Emma Myers, Film Comment Magazine
"Some scenes are tinged with dark comedy; some are heartrending; and some fuse the two, as when Maisie comforts a tearful friend during a sleepover in Susanna's huge Manhattan townhouse, while the delinquent grown-ups indulge themselves downstairs."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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