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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 20, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The loss of their sons to malaria bring together American Mary Morgan (Hilary Swank) and British Martha O'Connell (Brenda Blethyn) to help raise awareness of the disease.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 17, 2013
    91
    HBO subscribers thereby are the beneficiaries of a film with star power and staying power. It won’t surprise you with its outcome--or for the most part, how it gets there. But it may well have more of an impact than anticipated.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Mary and Martha is a moving return to intimate form for HBO.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 19, 2013
    80
    The actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 19, 2013
    63
    While well acted and artfully shot, it suffers from message movie traps.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 19, 2013
    50
    Essentially, Mary and Martha operates like an EZ-to-read Lifetime movie with HBO production values.
  7. 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.

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