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Saint Maud

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Superb psychological horror is violent and unsettling.

Movie R 2021 84 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

An efficient film that leaves a deep mark on the audience

This is a gem of a film. No shot is wasted. The tension is palpable and Clark and Ehle are both outstanding in this film! The film is provocative, deep, complex, and insists that the audience go on the ride with Maud, regardless of who they feel empathy for. Glass is a strong director in how she frames when we see Maud's reality as opposed to the reality of those around her. A fantastic use of the horror genre...not easily forgotten.
age 13+

This movie is incredible!

I don’t think I’ve liked a movie so much since Hereditary was released in theaters in 2018. This movie truly got under my skin, and scared the living hell out of me. The cinematography (as you can expect from an A24 horror film) is top notch. The acting, directing, and writing is all perfect. It’s slick, psychological, scary, and entertaining a the same time. This is a slow burn movie, so it’s not for everyone

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

A deeply unsettling, yet superb first feature film from director and writer Rose Glass, this psychological horror is far more than just jump-scares -- though there are plenty of those too. At the heart of Saint Maud is loneliness and how it can manifest. Maud is a deeply lonely character, whose need for redemption and a desire to belong, all contribute to form a dangerous cocktail with devastating consequences. Maud, played by the excellent Clark, is desperate for a sense of purpose, and by doing "God's work" -- in this case saving the soul of Amanda, played by the equally brilliant Ehle -- she has found that purpose. Yet it's not Amanda who needs saving. It's Maud, from herself.

Maud is seemingly suffering from some kind of mental illness. But it's to Glass' credit that she doesn't demonize or stigmatize her central character. Indeed there's even a degree of empathy felt toward Maud, despite her misguided intentions. In one scene, a dressed-up Maud heads to the pub, alone, seemingly intent on striking up any kind of normal human interaction. But her social awkwardness result in a sadness felt both by her and the audience. Saint Maud is an exceptional piece of filmmaking that unsettles, shocks, and raises questions about faith, loneliness, and a need to have a purpose. All within a modest 84 minute runtime.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 29, 2021
  • On DVD or streaming: February 12, 2021
  • Cast: Morfydd Clark , Jennifer Ehle , Lily Knight
  • Director: Rose Glass
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing and violent content, sexual content and language
  • Last updated: September 7, 2023

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