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Mixed or average reviews- based on 131 Ratings

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  • Summary: This film follows a bright, gutsy young woman on a life-changing -- and life-threatening -- odyssey from Colombia to New York, weaving a gripping narrative of risk, determination and survival. (Fine Line Features)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors.
  2. A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.
  3. Sustains a documentary authenticity that is as astonishing as it is offhand. Even when you're on the edge of your seat, it never sacrifices a calm, clear-sighted humanity for the sake of melodrama or cheap moralizing.
  4. The true heartbreak of Maria Full of Grace is that it never comes.
  5. 88
    More than a ripped-from-the- headlines drug drama, Maria Full of Grace is like a horror movie made real.
  6. The depiction of her risky voyage and what happens afterward is highly suspenseful and entirely believable.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Not for anyone with a sensitive gag reflex. Joshua Marston provides a harrowing depiction of drug- muling for dummies. The raw, revolting, dangerous details of such an undertaking are graphic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. markg.
    Jan 10, 2006
    10
    Brilliant on every level.
  2. carmend.
    Oct 13, 2005
    10
    This was one of the best movies I ever sw in all my life it's great.
  3. ClaudiaT.
    Oct 31, 2005
    10
    One of the best movies I've ever seen.
  4. JeffM.
    Aug 14, 2006
    9
    Not a "thriller" in the traditinoal genre sense, yet Maria's journey had me on the edge of my seat throughout.
  5. Ryan
    Feb 20, 2007
    9
    Great, captivating.
  6. Matt
    Feb 13, 2006
    5
    sorry, but I didn't think it was very good. Acting was great, but the film was... boring? Everyone is saying this movie was shocking and sorry, but I didn't think it was very good. Acting was great, but the film was... boring? Everyone is saying this movie was shocking and disturbing, but it wasn't. Raw? sure. But in this case, raw means boring. Maybe I am too desensitized by similar fare such as Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting. Compared to those two movies, this movie falls quite flat. Sorry, but I just didn't think it was very good Expand
  7. May 17, 2015
    2
    This movie is alright but it is nothing spectacular or riveting. The main actress is an unknown actress not an A list actress. Also theThis movie is alright but it is nothing spectacular or riveting. The main actress is an unknown actress not an A list actress. Also the storyline of the movie is univolving when it is supposed to be involving. Trainspotting and Requiem For A Dream can be compared to this movie. However both of those movies are ingeniously structured, realistic and unique in their visions. 87 for a score on this site was ridiculous for this movie. I watched this movie once after buying the movie, then I discarded the DVD. I wouldn't watch this movie again because it has no popular actors and the movie is subtitled with the actors speaking in Spanish. It is very agitating to watch a movie in Spanish when you want the actors to be speaking English. If this movie was an American release with talented actors this would have been a masterpiece. This movie is no masterpiece, it isn't even a passable movie on the 1 to 10 scale. Requiem should have had an 87 score because the movie is flawless without a single moment or idea squandered, ditto for Trainspotting. Expand

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