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About the Movie
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 133
- Fresh: 118
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Maud's life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is her movie.
Fresh: The story offers many opportunities for glibness and sentimentality. Walsh falls for none of them.
Fresh: An oddly affecting love story about burying the hurt and trudging forward in the face of pain and finding your own version of happiness.
Fresh: Sally Hawkins is a delight in "Maudie," but then, when isn't she?
The sincerity of the characters humbles me every time I watch it. Well done.
Inspiring story that is refreshing and beautiful. Enjoyed everything about it!
Maud Lewis - afflicted with rheumatic arthritis, is a tiny frail woman, cared for by her parents but left to a mean-spirited aunt and cold-hearted brother on their death. Rather than shrivel under them, she strikes out on her own, getting a job as cleaner/cook for a hard fishmonger. They end up married in the one-room shack out on a county road that Maud turns into a work of art with her brilliantly colored primitive (think Grandma Moses) paintings. Discovered by summer people, Maud's fame as a painter grows, and yet she shyly and happily keeps selling her work from her shack, enjoying the simple act of creating her art. Her tough husband and she are together for over 30 years, tied by bonds of love that neither can easily express. The two leads are fantastic - no scene-chewing, just true emotions come through in characters that can't articulate or even easily show their feelings. Inspiring, touching. They didn't have much but they weren't poor in spirit.