Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 30, 2013
    Featuring murky visuals, an even murkier narrative that lamely sputters to its conclusion, and frequently amateurish performances — the effectively low-key Isabelle is a notable exception — the film never explores its undeniably disturbing issues with enough thematic depth to compensate for its ragged execution.
  2. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    May 28, 2013
    This Canadian film seems to be trying to make some points about body dysphoria or modern fame, but the one point it's absolutely sure of is that [Katharine] Isabelle is a startlingly beautiful woman with a well-proportioned (and exploitable) body.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 29, 2013
    Nonsensical and all-around third-rate, American Mary offers up Human Centipede-style surgical horror, except this time with endless absurd eroticism.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    May 29, 2013
    Given its many failings, nothing short of an extreme makeover could save American Mary. Scalpel, please.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 28, 2013
    The acting is uniformly dreadful. The level of incompetence in both writing and direction is a scream.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    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. Full Review »