7.5/10
24,338
91 user 171 critic

What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2013 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
What Maisie Knew is a movie starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, and Steve Coogan. In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Writers:

(screenplay by), (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Susanna
... Beale
... Lincoln
... Margo
... Maisie
Sadie Rae ... Zoe (as Sadie Rae Lee)
Jesse Stone Spadaccini ... Martin (as Jesse Spadaccini)
... Cecelia (as Diana Garcia Soto)
... Ms. Baine
... Ms. Fairchild-Tetenbaum
Paddy Croft ... Mrs. Wix
... Musician #1
... Holly
... Hostess
... Zoe's Mother
Edit

Storyline

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a contemporary New York City re-visioning of the Henry James novel by the same name, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Suzanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. In a race to win the court's advantage, Beale marries Maisie's nanny Margo, prompting Suzanna in turn to marry friend and local bartender, Lincoln. Both forced into a battle neither wishes to be a part of, Margo and Lincoln come to empathize with Maisie's position and over time with one another's. Teased by the notion of making their own surrogate family, the trio must either submit to the will of Maisie's parents or eventually face their wrath. Written by Fortissimo Films [nl]

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hold on with all your heart.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quel che sapeva Maisie  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,480, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,065,000, 28 July 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Working with 6-year-old actress Onata Aprile meant that the crew had to do most of the filming before her bedtime. However, during a scene that had to be filmed at night, Aprile fell asleep, and could not be woken up. The scene had to be shot two weeks later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Susanna: Want to sleep with mommy tonight?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: In my bed?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: You promise not to kick me?
Maisie: I promise.
See more »

Connections

Version of What Maisie Knew (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Lotus Petals 2
Written by David O'Brien and Shu Hong
Performed by David O'Brien and Shu Hong
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Small and Intense
2 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've read five previously posted reviews of this film and see no reason to repeat what they've already said. I agree, for the most part, with the positive ones. And I suspect the negative ones were written by people whose established taste in movies should have steered them away from seeing this one in the first place.

What I'll add is, I guess, a mostly personal perspective. I've found that I am lately much more drawn to smaller, more deeply felt movies than to bigger, slicker, higher-production-value ones. To "What Maisie Knew," for example, than to "The Great Gatsby." Even though both source novels share a similar interior aesthetic, the treatment in the former stays inside the characters, where James focused the original (thus causing one of the previous reviewers' comments to the effect that "nothing happens" in the movie), while the latter (possibly because of Luhrmann's well-established directorial predilections)stays resolutely focused on the exterior spectacle and barely skims the surface of Fitzgerald's deeply rendered characterizations.

If you like smaller, more closely observed and deeply felt films, you'll like this one.


34 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 91 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial