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131 Ratings


Directed by Aisling Walsh
Ireland, Canada, 2016
Biography, Drama, Romance


An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

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Maudie Directed by Aisling Walsh
Everett was both emotionally and physically violent towards his diminutive partner. The film doesn’t shy from that fact – nor should it. However, by taking an approach to this aspect of Maud’s life that is as guileless and simplistic as her drawings, by trying to smooth the splinters and rebrand the couple’s marriage as a great romance, Walsh’s film feels jarringly at odds with contemporary sensibilities. A bully is a bully, no matter how cheerfully he is painted.
August 06, 2017
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These canvases containing picturesque landscape scenes, brightly coloured flowers and sickeningly cute animals speak of a woman who sees beauty and vibrancy in the most dismal of circumstances, and Hawkins channels this idea of an artist who stubbornly looks for the best in a situation while very much accepting the grim realities.
August 03, 2017
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From the beginning, Hawkins invests Maud with a naughty, rebellious streak and a quizzical, instinctive wiliness. Her smile is as broad as Mona Lisa’s is thin, but it’s just as rich and ambiguous… Walsh shapes Hawkins and Hawke’s interplay so that the film registers as a bizarre-couple love story. Their romance attains its awkward balance when Maud maneuvers Ev into installing a screen door. These actors conjure a deep nonverbal bond that defies explanation.
June 29, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Maudie

    Sally Hawkin's portrayal of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis is a stellar one capturing her awkwardness, creativity and capacity to love succinctly. She's well supported by a bottled turn by Ethan Hawke as her husband. The maritime setting is well captured by director Walsh and cinematographer Guy Godfree and the film's unfussy script by Sherry White doesn't give in to melodrama or the maudlin. Love takes all forms.

  • Jason's rating of the film Maudie

    It would be tremendously easy to find fault w/ Maudie. Some leaden dramaturgy and so forth. But I found it very sweet and very moving. The central relationship (between Maude and Everett Lewis) is extremely powerful, attributable both to performances and some strong writing. Ethan Hawke's Everett was the first character I have ever seen on screen who invoked for me my paternal grandfather. Meant a lot to me.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Maudie

    The acting was incredible because it placed character above all else and made it a worthy addition to the "strange but true" movie subgenre!

  • Aaron C Jones's rating of the film Maudie

    This is like a lower-production quality "Big Eyes," but a little better (I did like Big Eyes, though) Anyway, I liked this a lot but it also felt like it really just skimmed the surface of her life. At the same time, this also felt right on the edge of being too long.

  • Cody Hoskins's rating of the film Maudie

    Sally Hawkins gives a moving and devastating performance of a passionate and vulnerable spirit inside a frail human being and Ethan Hawke vividly shows the pain and heart within in an angry soul that finds warmth in his opposite. It is impossible to resist a tear as this character study evolves and brings out all the pain and joy in finding talent and love.

  • Marina's rating of the film Maudie

    So moving! The relationship between Maud and Everett is so powerful and subtle, brought to its' peak by the pairing of some great writing and equally amazing acting. Her purity is palpable, her willingness to live and create and the honesty she produced. What a wonderful little film. And how moving when she says to Everett, "You should get more dogs" because she already knows.

  • redux's rating of the film Maudie

    Good effort from Sally Hawkins in the 'real-life' story of an outsider artist, rendered implausible by a knowingly miscast Ethan Hawke, simply too good looking for his role.

  • A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Maudie

    This is one of those biopics that might paint an audience-pleasing portrait of a beloved cultural figure, but whose story isn't dramatically compelling. Personal details are minimal, and many scenes feel dragged out. As a tribute to an artist, it feels underwhelming. As a love story, it's written and played very unconvincingly. I never bought these characters as actual people, making it too hard to invest in them.

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