What Maisie Knew
What Maisie Knew (2013)

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 3, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families -- and it's acted with knife-sharp precision.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Mike McCahill
Metro (UK)

The acting is marvellous - never teetering into easy caricature - while the drama is sensitive, humorous and tear-jerking.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

The film is touching, filled with taste and care, but not enough to avoid being coy and sentimental.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Francine Prose
The New York Review of Books

Henry James's complicated and courageous novel has been distilled down to a screed about the dangers and consequences of bad parenting.

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior.

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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers

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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A sensitive and sad film that can be uncomfortable and infuriating sometimes as we witness a child getting caught in the middle of a troubling divorce between… More
Everett Johnson
** "What Maisie Knew" is one of those dramas that takes itself very seriously, and in the end doesn't really know what it what's to be. At… More
Nicki Marie
Not a bad movie by any means, but really expected something more. With a title like that, I thought there was some huge dark secret to reveal. There's not.… More
Nate Zoebl
Did you know that What Maisie Knew is based on a novel by Henry James that was published in 1897? I sure didn't, but then again my knowledge of Mr. James… More
Cynthia S.
This is a heart wrenching story of a precious little girl (brilliantly played by Onata Aprile) caught between her two unbelievably, selfish, divorced parents.… More
'What Maisie Knew'. Emotionally turbulent in the best possible way. Onata Aprile gives the most captivating performance of the year. The perspective… More