What shines through is the beauty of Guy Godfree's cinematography - the light has a lovely, soft stillness to it, like a painting - and a remarkable performance by Hawkins, whose impossibly wide smile seems to bring the sun.
An unsentimental but emotional film for anyone who suspects in their heart of hearts that suffering really is the only thing that makes anyone worth a damn.
Aisling Walsh's shimmering drama hands Sally Hawkins an Oscar-worthy role in an emotional and inspirational biopic about art, love and this cruel beautiful world of ours.
Sally Hawkins gives a standout performance in Maudie.
There's something real and touching here. In Everett's thwarted struggles with his own, clumsy emotions. In Maudie's determination to find beauty in absolutely everything.
As unassuming and gentle as its subject, Maudie breaks your heart with its infectious positivity and an outstanding Sally Hawkins, who can always be relied on for an emotionally sturdy, big-hearted performance.
Maudie's biggest success is Walsh's interest in depicting the environment from which art springs, rather than laying out some simple emotional cause for its generation.
"Maudie" is one of those movies that triumph over their worst instincts (and your well-honed doubts).
Plays like a pop-up version of a thoroughly written Wikipedia entry, albeit a charming one. Most of that charm resides in the effortless grace with which Hawkins - giving one of the best performances of the year - takes to the character ...