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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A splendid instance of a surrealist vision that serves to heighten the impact of genuine emotions experienced by believably real people.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Another of those excellent foreign films that sometimes slip though cracks, considered too strange or eccentric for domestic tastes....
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Strikingly photographed, Maelstrom, which explores its nautical themes in non-linear fashion, is not for all tastes. But I, for one, was...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Compelling parable from Canada that's open to a number of interpretations.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This doesn't mean Maelström is for everyone. It's a strange and quirky yarn, moving between deceptively calm scenes and episodes as...
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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Despite its stylistic flaws, the acting and the magic of the story make Maelstrom a different kind of film.
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters....
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
Like many of his (young) generation, Villeneuve is front and centre with the visual and musical language. He doesn't always hit the mark,...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Visually striking and viscerally repellent, director Denis Villeneuve's Quebecois oddity offers a nightmarish vision of one woman's...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The film's overriding messages are of personal responsibility and redemption. If that is Villeneuve's objective, it's done as an insidious...
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Rated R | For strong sexuality/nudity, language and an abortion scene