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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 30, 2013
    90
    This film — the second from the Soskas, and shot in their hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia — combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism, often using a red palette, with impressive, unbelabored dexterity.
  2. Reviewed by: Nigel Floyd
    May 28, 2013
    80
    American Mary nods savvily to the ‘body horror’ of ‘Audition’ and ‘Dead Ringers’ but still possesses a truly original, deeply disturbing vision.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    May 28, 2013
    80
    Katharine Isabelle is phenomenal in one of the most original and politically engaged horrors of recent years, even if the second half isn’t a patch on the first.
  4. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 30, 2013
    42
    Ultimately, American Mary simply reveals itself as a film with little on its mind, content to scare rubberneckers into contemplating the backstory of the more outlandish body manipulation jobs they’ve seen in public. A documentary would have sufficed.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 28, 2013
    40
    It's made with gusto, but there's little dramatic interest for non-enthusiasts.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 28, 2013
    40
    The movie sags after Mary’s weak-willed acquiescence to crime, instantly turning her into a dull-eyed monster. You know her procedures are bound to stray from elective, but it’s hard to care.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 28, 2013
    0
    The acting is uniformly dreadful. The level of incompetence in both writing and direction is a scream.

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  1. Sep 4, 2014
    5
    American Mary gets points for being a novel mix of revenge fantasy, torture porn, and deviant sexual fantasy. Katharine Isabelle gives a solid performance as lead actress, but the casting is otherwise hollow, and the cameos seem like pandering when they're probably meant to be a nod to the body modification subculture. The plot gimmick works until the writers botch the last act with a failed attempt at a dramatic ending. Expand

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