100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A remarkable -- and harrowing -- debut feature that makes you think there's hope after all for the future of independent films.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Marston builds incredible tension. But it's the human drama etched on Moreno's young, weary face that gives Maria its potent punch.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately, the ending is a bit of a cop-out, but that's a small criticism for a film with such decent perspectives.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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