Mary Magdalene (2018)




Critic Consensus: Mary Magdalene has obvious reverence for its subject; unfortunately, it lacks enough momentum or depth of character to make her story interesting.

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Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus' inspirational message, Mary's spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus' destiny and her own place within it.


Rooney Mara
as Mary Magdalene
Tahar Rahim
as Judas Iscariot

Critic Reviews for Mary Magdalene

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (4)

It ripples with interesting ideas, but the overall effect is glassy and inert, with Rooney Mara's Mary an oddly elusive presence in the film that carries her name.

March 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Mary Magdalene only snaps into focus as narrative when we get to Jerusalem, chiefly because it gives these kids something to physically rail against - moneylenders, Judas kisses, Romans, and all. It's a little on the late side, though.

February 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Other than to show that a woman called Mary who wasn't a prostitute was involved in the final weeks of the Jesus story, I have no idea what the filmmakers wanted for this project. I'm pretty sure they didn't achieve it.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Hushed, deliberate and realised with considerable care and beauty, the resulting film has its heart entirely in the right place; its pulse, unfortunately, is far harder to locate.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Navel-gazing and listless, Mary Magdalene is nevertheless an affecting, contemplative hagiography of a biblical figure which is more inclined towards an arthouse aesthetic than anything in the "faith-based" sub-genre.

October 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Doesn't have the teeth to properly wrestle with its theological themes nor the bite to give the titular figure's perspective any real clarity.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mary Magdalene


For a film about Mary Magdalene, there is sadly too much here about Jesus Christ and "God's design" and not enough about herself, as she becomes little more than a passive spectator in a story that poorly tries to depict life as a woman in such a strongly patriarchal society.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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