By treating its main character as exceptional, the film validates the punitive system it seeks to criticize.
It abandons its fruitful investigation of belief systems in favor of a simplistic articulation of Mary’s inspiration.
The film is essentially an exercise in forcing a female genius back into her proper place of dependence on men.
The effect of writer-director Christopher Smith’s film becomes not unlike watching a puzzle solve itself.
Drake Doremus’s film all comes down, simplistically and repeatedly, to “feelings make us feel alive.”
Writer-director Christopher Smith’s film is openly but superficially influenced by Strangers on a Train.
True to its title, Marielle Heller’s adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel has the loosely structured, unfiltered feel of a young person’s diary.