Mary and Max

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8.11 h 32 min2010X-RayALL
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette are the voices of Mary & Max, two misfits who form a close friendship, in this hilarious and charming animation story.
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Supporting actors
Barry Humphries
Producers
Melanie Coombs
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IFC Film
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1946 global ratings

  1. 86% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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alliecatReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie About Friends
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One of my all time favorite movies. Max is like me, mentally ill and no friends and Mary is like my ex, abused as a child and no friends. Sometimes God puts two people together so they can be loved. Much like the story of Leah in the Bible who was so unloved her sister had to die before she got anyone to care about her. I feel so glad knowing that God loves the outcast which is the point of this movie. Two outcasts becoming friends and proving the unloved deserve at least one friend. Btw it's a true story.
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R SeiberReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Worthwhile Elliot Masterpiece ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Another BRILLIANT 5 Star piece from the greatest living stop motion animator, Mr. Adam Elliot.

Each of his projects are progressively ambitious and this one is impressive indeed.
Evolutionary...

Very human and lovely Life Lesson of a film, as expected.
Elliot has a bittersweet sense of humor, but of course life is what it is.
I regret the death of the Mime but every mime should know an umbrella is no match for a falling air conditioner.
Max is quite a bit like Harvie Krumpet but more articulate.
Interesting to see all of the life changes the characters endure...

Watching this through Amazon Prime was enjoyable but the stream was interrupted a bit during the last half hour, putting Audio out of sync.

Beautiful, humorous, humanitarian film.
Highly recommended.
7 people found this helpful
Jonell WendelReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not for young children
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Based on a real life penpal relationship, Mary and Max is done in a very strange and rather depressing style for stop motion animation. Being and adult, did have me raising my eyebrows more than once, so definitely not for children under the age of 15 at best, but good story, though I am sure lots of people might be offended because it is showing some of the darker sides of reality most people cant face or accept. Has an all star cast of voice actors but mostly told by Mary (Toni Collet) and Max (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
5 people found this helpful
Girl Loving LifeReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Life sucks, and then you die...
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We loved absolutely everything about this movie EXCEPT the plot/story which was depressing, and never redeemed itself in the end.

The writing, dialog, humor is excellent, and of course the appearance is stunning, especially knowing that it's stop motion animation.

However, this movie lacks a story in which people make choices about their lives. Everyone is a victim and never thinks about how they're going to change their lives for the better. I know there's a large section of humanity that believes that pain and suffering is the norm, and that life is hopeless, and perhaps they'll enjoy seeing others suffer and fail too, and dislike any suggestion that they can improve their lives by focus, thinking, and making (tough) choices.

If people don't make choices, then the story is meaningless and dull. Good drama isn't about meteors falling from the sky, it's about people making choices for good or bad.

Given that the author could have written anything, and chose this for other people to enjoy(?), is even more depressing. People NEED good art to help them remember what is possible and great in life and in the world, how to become better people, etc... but this movie does the exact opposite.
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B.Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Based on a true story, presented in a very unusual way.
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I stumbled across this in a video rental store several years ago, and was both surprised & pleased with it. I like this film so much, I bought it. Based on a true story, there are parts that pretty much anyone can relate to. It's done in a claymation style & will make you laugh, but there are parts that'll make you cry as well. It'll make you think & feel, even days after you've watched it. This DVD also has a bonus of "Harvey Krumpet," which isn't quite as refined as Mary and Max, but it's certainly entertaining. There's a nice behind the scenes in the special features too. I'd recommend this to anyone, it's a film that'll always have a special place in my heart.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Emotional Roller Coaster
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"The reason I forgive you is because you are not perfect.
You are imperfect, and so am I."

A perfect balance of innocence and maturity....watching the relationship between Mary & Max develop as they also deal with their own challenges - all that is tumultuous and peaceful - just feels so....REAL.

Ugh, one of my favorite films of all time. Hands down.
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Al BasselReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Magnificent!
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I am going to assume that you are aware of trailers on YouTube and synopses on IMDB, so I am not going to go into the plot too much here. Besides, I hate spoilers. I will say that this is a very delightful film that I recommend over and over again to people. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and while this is not a move about Asperger's, it really humanizes people with their own quirks and anxieties, and illustrates a bond that can form between two complete strangers from opposite ends of the Earth. It does get a little dark at times, and there are a few moments that may be inappropriate for younger children, depending on your approach to parenting, but it truly is a wonderful film for adults and teenagers. I buy this movie to give as a gift and it is so far always appreciated.
10 people found this helpful
Juan AguilarReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best claymation movie I've seen, 5 stars
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I watch films alot and critic the writing characters and story and this is a Amazing film, anybody rating the move below 4 stars has the same review their disc isn't working or its to sad for them, not all stories are happy and joyful just causes its claymation, its a beautiful story, depressing yes but well told, its for older kids to teens i think its pg 13 but its a amazing story of real life I love this movie, characters are well described and shows what people go through and how friendship is a meaningful thing in life overall, strongly recommend this movie
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