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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    100
    A fantastic film.
  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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The whole movie, of course, is a setting for its jewel, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria: With her clear, round eyes, long dark hair, and radiant transparency, she brings to mind two of the loveliest ingénues of the last quarter-century -- Meg Tilly and Jennifer Connelly.
  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: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    9
    One the best films from Colombia, together with "Our Lady of the Assassins" or "The Little Roses Girl". Great début for Catalina Sandino. It's truth all about tragic destiny to these South American girls. Great film! Expand

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