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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: 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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 30, 2013
    75
    It’s a truly interesting slasher fest; in this one, the heroine gets to be both beauty and beast.
  5. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    May 31, 2013
    63
    The filmmakers certainly exaggerate (i.e. exploit) their subject, but for a community that prides itself on shock value, there seems no sufficient alternative.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 28, 2013
    60
    This tale of a violently disillusioned medical student’s wade into the weird world of extreme body modification doesn’t develop all its narrative and thematic ideas to the fullest. But the polished pic is still outre and entertaining enough to please most jaded horror fans.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 30, 2013
    50
    Writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 28, 2013
    40
    It's made with gusto, but there's little dramatic interest for non-enthusiasts.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 30, 2013
    30
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    May 28, 2013
    30
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 29, 2013
    25
    Nonsensical and all-around third-rate, American Mary offers up Human Centipede-style surgical horror, except this time with endless absurd eroticism.
  14. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    May 29, 2013
    20
    Given its many failings, nothing short of an extreme makeover could save American Mary. Scalpel, please.
  15. 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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