• Released
  • May 3, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 38 min
  • Drama
  • 98 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A child suffers silently as her divorced, self-absorbed parents use her against each other.

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100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Who would have thought that one of the most provocative and affecting films made about the fallout from 21st century divorce would have...
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100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
What Maisie Knew lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What Maisie Knew flirts with sentimentality but mostly keeps it at bay until the very end, at which point the filmmakers and we realize the...
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Young Onata Aprile makes Maisie a passive wonder, a sweetly poker-faced, nonjudgmental and hopeful child, even as she’s being ditched at...
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83

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The cumulative effect is dramatically effective to the point of being soul-crushing.
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80

The Guardian

By Henry Barnes
The adults' behaviour is almost as confusing for us as it is for her. It's a neat trick that reminds us these weighty adult issues are both...
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The film is admirably committed to simulating the messy experience of life as a real Maisie might live it. But sometimes, as she's tuckered...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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In this bleak indie bummer that confuses hopelessness with depth, they're really nothing more than selfish, one-dimensional monsters....
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Rated R | For Some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Wrenching drama about child custody can spark discussion.
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