Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maud (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper.
Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Toronto Star/Peter Howell
Expressive acting by Hawkins and Hawke smooths out narrative bumps, creating a portrait of a woman in thrall to art and nature and a couple whose love resisted hardship and defied definition.
National Post/Chris Knight
This is a painter whose canvas was her life, and whose life her canvas. Maudie is a magnificent celebration of both.
Hollywood Reporter/Todd McCarthy
A stellar, warmly persuasive starring turn by Sally Hawkins as crippled, self-taught painter Maud Lewis is the raison d'etre of Maudie.
Now Toronto/Glenn Sumi
Hawkins, capturing the real-life Maud's mischievous spark, invests herself wholly in the role, and Hawke's choices never feel easy or manipulative. Bring kleenex.
Georgia Straight/Craig Takeuchi
Sally Hawkins delivers an unforgettable performance as Nova Scotian folk artist Maude Lewis in this gently flowing biopic set in the 1930s.
I Hawkins . . . twists herself into a wry, mousy character who shuffles through a world of unforgiving 1930s morality, when a woman with physical afflictions could be viewed as a mental incompetent.