What Maisie Knew

May 5th, 2013


What Maisie Knew

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In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter divorce and custody battle.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 7.4/10 (210 voted)

Director: Scott McGehee

What Maisie Knew is a contemporary New York City revisioning of the Henry James novella by the same name. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Susanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer.

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Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 4/10

Judging from the desired serious tone set by the directors this story of 7-year-old Maisie being tossed from one selfish parent (Julianne Moore reprising her role from Boogie Nights) to the other (Steve Coogan in his recurring jerk role) should have been a heart wrenching undertaking. It wasn't.

The longer you stick with this film the more far-fetched the plot becomes. Suspending disbelief here would be akin to thinking OJ Simpson was innocent. And even if you do go along with the fairytale storyline there's still the uneven point-of-view approach that seems like it was put together more by a 7-year-old with Legos than a professional filmmaker with big boy toys.

So, why the low rating? 2 reasons:

1. I kept waiting for Steve Coogan to do a Michael Caine impression. Spoiler alert: He never does! 2. Newcomer Joanna Vanderham. Ain't she a peach?


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