90

The New York Times

By 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.
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80

Total Film

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.
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80

Time Out London

By Nigel Floyd
American Mary nods savvily to the ‘body horror’ of ‘Audition’ and ‘Dead Ringers’ but still possesses a truly original, deeply disturbing vision.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It’s a truly interesting slasher fest; in this one, the heroine gets to be both beauty and beast.
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63

Slant Magazine

By 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.
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60

Variety

By 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.
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42

The Playlist

By 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.
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40

Time Out New York

By 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.
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40

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It's made with gusto, but there's little dramatic interest for non-enthusiasts.
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30

Village Voice

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.
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46 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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