What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

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What Maisie Knew

Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan star in this contemporary retelling of the Henry James novel, revolving around a sensitive seven-year-old girl living amidst the increasingly bitter divorce of her parents and the custody battle that ensues.

Aging rock star Susanna (Moore) and contemporary art dealer Beale (Coogan) are too self-involved to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents - their fight for Maisie being just another battle in an epic war of personalities. As they raise the stakes with inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and the much younger bartender Lincoln (Skarsgård), the shuffling of Maisie (Onata Aprile) from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling. 

2012Rating: M, Offensive language93 minsUSA
Drama
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

For a film that’s based on a novel published well over a century ago, What Maisie Knew feels remarkably modern. But then Henry James had a knack for slicing through to reality, and what could be more depressingly timeless than parents behaving badly? At first glance, gorgeous young Maisie has a charmed life. She lives in a designer cool Manhattan apartment, has a hot mess musician mother (Julianne Moore - think Patti Smith mashed up with Courtney Love) and a smooth, waggish father (Steve Coogan).

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Maisie steals the show

Four of us - all male - went to see "What Maisie Knew" today with a little bit of trepidation. School holidays always mean limited choice! However, this was a great little movie with great casting and acting. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play Maisie's parents to perfection and you begin to think they deserve everything that happens to them as they play...

4.0
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Tough Kid

Maisie does know... A kid that is thrown between parents and endures much of lifes lessons during her younger years that most of us would take years to experience. She does know whats best for her and does so seemingly unwillingly at first but soon finds herself and her 'best place' to be. Great performances from Moore, Coogan, Skarsgard, Vanderham and the...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Beautifully observed drama... cumulatively heartrending.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

A superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Go for the performances.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them can be answered by guilty and belated displays of affection.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Features an excellent performance from newcomer Onata Aprile.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Tasteful melodrama benefits from uniformly strong performances.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The young Aprile is a standout in a moving, hard-hitting and surprising adaptation of the Henry James novel.

4.0
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

For a film that’s based on a novel published well over a century ago, What Maisie Knew feels remarkably modern. But then Henry James had a knack for slicing through to reality, and what could be more depressingly timeless than parents behaving badly? At first glance, gorgeous young Maisie has a charmed life. She lives in a designer cool Manhattan apartment, has a hot mess musician mother (Julianne Moore - think Patti Smith mashed up with Courtney Love) and a smooth, waggish father (Steve Coogan).

0
Variety

Variety

press

Beautifully observed drama... cumulatively heartrending.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Go for the performances.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them can be answered by guilty and belated displays of affection.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Features an excellent performance from newcomer Onata Aprile.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Tasteful melodrama benefits from uniformly strong performances.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The young Aprile is a standout in a moving, hard-hitting and surprising adaptation of the Henry James novel.

4.0
0

Maisie steals the show

Four of us - all male - went to see "What Maisie Knew" today with a little bit of trepidation. School holidays always mean limited choice! However, this was a great little movie with great casting and acting. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play Maisie's parents to perfection and you begin to think they deserve everything that happens to them as they play...

4.0
0

Tough Kid

Maisie does know... A kid that is thrown between parents and endures much of lifes lessons during her younger years that most of us would take years to experience. She does know whats best for her and does so seemingly unwillingly at first but soon finds herself and her 'best place' to be. Great performances from Moore, Coogan, Skarsgard, Vanderham and...

4.0
0