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Mary Magdalene (12A)


The story of Mary Magdalene.

The critical consensus

An interesting new take on a very well-known tale and a praiseworthy act of revisionism, but one which doesn’t ultimately deliver on its early promise.

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 12/03/2018

Ultimately Mary Magdalene is a restrained, moving version of The Greatest Story Ever Told, if one can embrace its commitment to spare simplicity and spirituality.

***(*)(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 12/03/2018

This very earnest and pious new film about Mary Magdalene would surely have benefitted from a little of the ribaldry and irreverence found in Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 14/03/2018

Pleasant to look at, but never particularly thrilling. Not exactly feminist, either.

***(*)(*)Elena Lazic, Little White Lies, 14/03/2018

Mara brings her customary intensity to the role, but she doesn’t have much to do beyond gazing beatifically at the ever-enigmatic Phoenix.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 15/03/2018

Rooney Mara is as pale as alabaster and invests her role with a wide-eyed innocence but some powerful emotions or intense drama would make the film a more compelling proposition.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/03/2018

Despite Rooney Mara’s best efforts, there’s nothing much about Mary in this earnest attempt to restore the saint’s reputation.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 18/03/2018

Features about Mary Magdalene (12A)

Think you know Mary Magdalene? Think again.

Neil Smith, BBC, 13/03/2018

Mary Magdalane: Why has she been so maligned? New film goes back to origins.

Dominic Utton, Daily Express, 17/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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