What Maisie Knew

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Pros: Horrifyingly accurate and moving portrayal of a couple’s divorce and the way their child becomes a pawn in their struggle.  Might make you appreciate your own parents a little bit more.  Excellent performances all around: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham, and Onata Aprile mesh perfectly.

Cons: The tone can be a little one-note, though Skarsgård and Aprile lighten the mood.  Happy-ish ending also feels a little false.

The Verdict: Good film, with skilled acting, a nuanced directorial hand, and command of its emotional tenor.

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