(2002)

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie subtly darkens its tone until, when the horrifying ending arrives, we can see how we got there. There is a final shot that would get laughs in another kind of film, but May earns the right to it, and it works, and we understand it.
88
Chicago Tribune
McKee, like Amenabar, knows how to position his film against type -- which ultimately makes May a refreshing, macabre tale.
80
Call it a horror movie, a psychological thriller or a feminist splatterfest, but this sort of story is tough to get right. May gets it more than right.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Though ultimately too waterlogged with student-film self-seriousness to revel fully in its low-rent joie de cleaver -- nevertheless taps into a furious atavistic energy that reflects well on the filmmaker and his fully committed cast.
67
Writer-director McKee's arch comic dialogue (i.e., "We'll hang out and eat some melons or something") is out of synch with the creepy horror he wields.
63
Satisfyingly, May also turns out to be lowdown genre fun, a film that nearly makes up in slacker wit and high-spirited gore what it lacks in budget and elegance.
50
On paper, it sounds like the start of a good film. Too bad McKee made such a lackluster thing of it. Though the horror comes from an interesting place, it's frequently forced, negating much of the humor and pathos the film attempts to instill.
42
It wants to be a "Carrie" with a modern-day "Frankenstein" twist, but it lacks the smarts behind the weirdness.
40
The talented Bettis works her heart out, but McKee apparently directed her to play May as a quivering crazy from the start.
38
New York Daily News
Novice director Lucky McKee wrote the first draft of this labored horror flick while he was in school, and for a student film, it's not bad. But it's not ready for the big time.

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