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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
    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
    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
    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. markg.
    Jan 10, 2006
    Brilliant on every level.
  2. carmend.
    Oct 13, 2005
    This was one of the best movies I ever sw in all my life it's great.
  3. ClaudiaT.
    Oct 31, 2005
    One of the best movies I've ever seen.
  4. JeffM.
    Aug 14, 2006
    Not a "thriller" in the traditinoal genre sense, yet Maria's journey had me on the edge of my seat throughout.
  5. Jun 30, 2013
    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
  6. Ryan
    Feb 20, 2007
    Great, captivating.
  7. Matt
    Feb 13, 2006
    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

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