Critic Consensus: Maudie's talented cast -- particularly Sally Hawkins in the title role -- breathe much-needed depth into a story that only skims the surface of a fascinating life and talent.
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as Maud Lewis
as Everett Lewis
as Aunt Ida
as Charles Dowley
as Mr. Davis (Shopkeeper)
as Mr. Hill
as Steven (CBC Reporter)
as Ida's Nurse
as Man at Bar
as Hospital Nurse
Critic Reviews for Maudie
Both writer and director set out in search of a heroine. They're so intent on crafting a legend, they leave out the uncomfortable bits. They do her and us a disservice in that respect.
Maud's life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is her movie.
Maudie is a sad film about poor people, but it could scarcely be more open to benevolence and quiet humanism.
Walsh's film feels jarringly at odds with contemporary sensibilities. A bully is a bully, no matter how cheerfully he is painted.
A difficult and highly mannered performance from Sally Hawkins coupled with a repugnant and profoundly unappealing character played by Ethan Hawke sink this curious, and curiously saccharine, biopic.
Audience Reviews for Maudie
Sally Hawkins and Ethan hawke do very well here as marginalized fringe personalities, given the short shrift so often in life and society that they fully expect it as the natural course and are little surprised in their positions, who discover an uneasy grace with one another. How they navigate their lives and emotions I found to be satisfying moviemaking.
A simple and affecting biopic that could have been easily made forgettable but instead benefits immensely from Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke's fantastic performances - especially the former, who offers us a character that brings us to tears with her sensibility and sweetness.
Finally, the biopic of obscure Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis that we've all been clamoring for has arrived. What's that? You've never heard of her much less even care why there's a movie about her? Obviously, since Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film The Shape of Water is going to secure Sally Hawkins with a best actress Oscar nomination, there has to be a primer film where she also plays a small disabled woman with a romantic attraction to fish so that when she wins people like me can say, "I knew she would. She was great in The Shape of Water, but she was also in a little indie film earlier this year called Maudie, and it was just lovely." Well, I'm gonna get ahead of myself and say it: Maudie is just lovely - a quiet little film to cuddle with your cat to. The performances from Hawkins and Ethan Hawke are interesting, although I had a hard time imagining Hawke's real life fishmongering counterpart being such an abusive sperg to an arthritic little lady who just likes to paint flowers and other rustic miscellany. And Hawkins is as adorable as a puppy who got booped on the nose. At its heart, the film is a meditation on finding joy in the coldest of corners and an escape from the mundane through expressivity. Set in a beautifully bleak Nova Scotia, Maudie proves that creativity trumps small town mindedness every day. The storekeeper in the film sneers "My five year old could do better [paintings]." Well, mister, your five year old probably isn't the subject of a limited release biopic, is he?
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