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Maudie (12A)

Biography, Drama, Romance

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

The critical consensus

Director Walsh knows just how to balance the comedy and the pathos as she takes us through her subject's life and chronicles her unlikely emergence as an artist.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 02/08/2017

A great actor’s showcase, but little more than that.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 03/08/2017

Irish director Aisling Walsh smartly keeps the style as simple as Maudie’s childlike paintings, leaving Hawkins and Ethan Hawke (cast as Lewis’s taciturn, illiterate husband) room to explore the intricacies of their unlikely union.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 03/08/2017

The only fireworks here are of the indoor kind, but this sensitive, beautifully acted film lingers long after the final frame. And the Newfoundland locations are breathtaking.

****(*)Liz Beardsworth, Empire Online, 03/08/2017

Hawkins impresses as the Canadian outsider artist, but this true story jars when abuse is treated as romance.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 06/08/2017

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