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American Mary

6/10
Drama . Crime . Thriller . Horror
 

A young med student struggling with her tuition fees is drawn into the shady world of underground body modification.

 
Actors: Nelson Wong , David Lovgren , Twan Holliday , John Emmett Tracy , Clay St. Thomas , Paul Anthony , Paula Lindberg , Tristan Risk , Antonio Cupo , Julia Maxwell , Katharine Isabelle
Directors: Jen Soska , Sylvia Soska
Country: CANADA
Release: 2013-01-11
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  • Andy Webster

    This film — the second from the Soskas, and shot in their hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia — combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism, often using a red palette, with impressive, unbelabored dexterity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Katharine Isabelle is phenomenal in one of the most original and politically engaged horrors of recent years, even if the second half isn’t a patch on the first.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Nigel Floyd

    American Mary nods savvily to the ‘body horror’ of ‘Audition’ and ‘Dead Ringers’ but still possesses a truly original, deeply disturbing vision.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    It’s a truly interesting slasher fest; in this one, the heroine gets to be both beauty and beast.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    The filmmakers certainly exaggerate (i.e. exploit) their subject, but for a community that prides itself on shock value, there seems no sufficient alternative.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    This tale of a violently disillusioned medical student’s wade into the weird world of extreme body modification doesn’t develop all its narrative and thematic ideas to the fullest. But the polished pic is still outre and entertaining enough to please most jaded horror fans.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    Ultimately, American Mary simply reveals itself as a film with little on its mind, content to scare rubberneckers into contemplating the backstory of the more outlandish body manipulation jobs they’ve seen in public. A documentary would have sufficed.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's made with gusto, but there's little dramatic interest for non-enthusiasts.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The movie sags after Mary’s weak-willed acquiescence to crime, instantly turning her into a dull-eyed monster. You know her procedures are bound to stray from elective, but it’s hard to care.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Featuring murky visuals, an even murkier narrative that lamely sputters to its conclusion, and frequently amateurish performances — the effectively low-key Isabelle is a notable exception — the film never explores its undeniably disturbing issues with enough thematic depth to compensate for its ragged execution.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sherilyn Connelly

    This Canadian film seems to be trying to make some points about body dysphoria or modern fame, but the one point it's absolutely sure of is that [Katharine] Isabelle is a startlingly beautiful woman with a well-proportioned (and exploitable) body.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Nonsensical and all-around third-rate, American Mary offers up Human Centipede-style surgical horror, except this time with endless absurd eroticism.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Given its many failings, nothing short of an extreme makeover could save American Mary. Scalpel, please.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The acting is uniformly dreadful. The level of incompetence in both writing and direction is a scream.

    New York Observer Full Review
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