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Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery. Read full review
Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms. Read full review
A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character. Read full review
Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing. Read full review
A remarkable -- and harrowing -- debut feature that makes you think there's hope after all for the future of independent films. Read full review
Has a power that doesn't announce itself until it's over: You leave not wanting to give up on life, just resentful of the world we live in. Read full review
Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut. Read full review
Accomplishes two great things on what was undoubtedly a minuscule budget. It breathes life into a small story that has larger ramifications. It also shows that America, as represented by Jackson Heights, is still the promised land for people about whom movies are rarely made. Read full review
Marston builds incredible tension. But it's the human drama etched on Moreno's young, weary face that gives Maria its potent punch. Read full review
Ultimately, the ending is a bit of a cop-out, but that's a small criticism for a film with such decent perspectives. Read full review
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