• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 20, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Apr 22, 2013
    50
    What Swank doesn't bring is any sort of emotional connection, either to Mary, Mary's son or the audience.... Mercifully, Blethyn eventually joins her on the screen and is, as ever, simple perfection, needing to do little more than utter two words with an anguished squint to break your heart into 50 million pieces. When the two meet up, Mary and Martha begins to transcend the drumbeat of its message.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 22, 2013
    63
    While Swank and Blethyn make everything they’re in more remarkable for their presence, the movie plays more like a based-on-fact Lifetime flick than an HBO work of fiction.
  3. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 19, 2013
    63
    While well acted and artfully shot, it suffers from message movie traps.