Seems to want the viewer to think it's deep, but doesn't want to go the extra mile and actually say anything. The script plays like a half-finished first draft. The shock and gore scenes are so generic they evaporate from memory as soon as they're off the screen. There is some good cinematography, but the only thing memorable about it is the undeserved hype.
The occasional fractions of humor thrown in by Soska sisters didn’t work out, and the same happened with the poorly written script, which was never able to excite or create any kind of fear. Review and Rating: http://www.alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.pt/2013/06/american-mary-2012.html
"It's gratuitous in its nastiness, hollow in its overheated perversity, and utterly unbelievable at every turn...." and I loved every minute of it! It was hyper squeamish and never boring. What it says about me I don't know, but it's become one of my all time favorite films!!!
Isabelle anchors what could be a Six-ian exercise in adolescent shock, giving it a likable, believable center. Things get a bit out of hand as generic demands weigh heavy (same issue mars Ginger Snaps), but I was always engaged and, to the Soskas' credit, rooting for Mary. That's as successful as this stuff gets in the end.
I thought I would like this film, its makers clearly appreciate Cronenberg, Ferrara, Waters, and some other favorites of mine. But this mess only shows how hard it is to make a disturbing film that is intelligent and which rings true. It's gratuitous in its nastiness, hollow in its overheated perversity, and utterly unbelievable at every turn.
It's kind of like a low-rent Cronenberg. It's not bad, but not great. There are a few really good scenes, but on the whole the film doesn't quite gel. It suffers from an unfocused and anticlimactic script. However, it's a huge step up from the Soska sisters' first movie, "Dead Hooker in a Trunk," which sucked. "American Mary" proves the Soska sisters have potential. I'm interested in seeing what they do next.
Grotesquely inventive horror with a killer concept, a knowledge of what to show and what to leave to the imagination and a hell of a performance by Katherine Isabelle. The ending is rather abrupt and the acting in general isn't the strongest, but the Soska Sisters have made a surprisingly provoking genre film.
This movie starts out promising but ends up in a ditch! The premise is good enough and leading lady Katharine Isabelle is alright. The problem lies in the script and the directing which is really all over the place. I also found it strange that a movie which deals with issues of bodily and female empowerment, ends up punishing the leading lady for her actions.
Barely a two star movie. Pros; cool concept; decent body horror. Cons; poor character development; women as sex objects (without any commentary on this, just for the sake of it); poor pacing; wooden acting; unnatural plot progression; badly executed/developed sub-plots (which only served to further the "women are things" message).