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Mary Magdalene (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Mary Magdalene has obvious reverence for its subject; unfortunately, it lacks enough momentum or depth of character to make her story interesting.

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Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus' inspirational message, Mary's spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus' destiny and her own place within it.

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This is a noble effort, but ultimately Mary Magdalene isn't much less of a mystery than she was at the start of the journey.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a well-meaning, good-looking effort - but those elements don't necessarily make for good watching. One needs to be in the mood for this sort of thing.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's exactly one image in the film that reflects a modicum of directorial imagination...

April 18, 2019 | Full Review…

[A]n imperfect but affecting vision of New Testament times.

April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Mary Magdalene moved me in a way that no previous film about Christianity ever has.

April 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Johann Johannsson's comically overbearing score is just interesting enough to justify the entire project, but Mary Magdalene is ultimately an unnecessary cinematic resurrection.

April 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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For a film about Mary Magdalene, there is sadly too much here about Jesus Christ and "God's design" and not enough about herself, as she becomes little more than a passive spectator in a story that poorly tries to depict life as a woman in such a strongly patriarchal society.

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