Mary and Max (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Mary and Max (2009)



Critic Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.

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Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As "Mary and Max" chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs. Like Elliot and Coombs''Oscar(R) winning animated short "Harvie Krumpet", "Mary and Max"is both hilarious and poignant as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life's surprises.

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Toni Collette
as Mary Daisy Dinkle (adult)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Max Jerry Horowitz
Eric Bana
as Damien
Bethany Whitmore
as Mary Daisy Dinkle (child)
Ian "Molly" Meldrum
as Homeless Man
John Flaus
as Ken/Len
Julie Forsyth
as Kissing Woman/Bus Stop Mother
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Critic Reviews for Mary and Max

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (13)

This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story.

June 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Elliot is a talent eccentric enough to make Nick Park look like an office drone, and the serious sadness underpinning his vision only makes the humour work better.

October 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a 20-year story that absorbs and beguiles, despite the ugly subject matter.

October 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A very odd, very unlikely animated film from Australia that manages to be sickly-cute, alarmingly grotesque, and right-on at the same time -- often in the very same scene.

October 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Up may be a really good film, but compared to Mary and Max it's an episode of Thundercats.

October 21, 2010 | Rating: 5/5

While perhaps it doesn't fully sustain its 90-odd-minute running time, Mary and Max is a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.

October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Gut-wrenching loneliness is at the heart of this work that drives two dissimilar though tortured souls from opposite sides of the world to find each other. Along the way are marriage, death, mental illness and even separation - and how can one separate from someone who you've have never seen? The overall is touching, but sad. Though rendered in animation there's no juvenile cop-out for this mature work about mature themes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A beautiful and heartbreaking claymation about depression, loneliness and friendship, crafted with a gorgeous production design, a wonderful direction and a bittersweet story that is so profoundly touching it is hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't be moved by it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!

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