Maze (film)

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Directed by Rob Morrow
Produced by Lemore Syvan
Debbon Ayer
Screenplay by Nicole Burdette
Rob Morrow
Story by Bradley White
Starring Rob Morrow,
Laura Linney,
Craig Sheffer
Music by Bobby Previte
Cinematography Wolfgang Held
Edited by Gary Levy
Release dates
October 10, 2000
(AFI Film Festival)
November 9, 2001 (limited release)
Running time
98 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $16,974 (USA)

Maze is a 2000 romance film about a New York painter and sculptor—Lyle Maze (Rob Morrow)—with Tourette syndrome (TS) and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD),[1] who falls in love with Callie (Laura Linney), the pregnant girlfriend of Maze’s best friend Mike (Craig Sheffer) while Mike is away on a long stay in Africa as a doctor.


After viewing a documentary on Tourette's, Morrow believed that individuals with TS "had a lament that they would never experience love because of this affliction".[2]

Of the film's theme, Morrow said:[3]

I wasn't looking to do anything about Tourette—I was really thinking about themes of love. It was becoming clear that love is one of the most important things we can experience. I was trying to come up with a character who adapted himself to a life without love. ... My movie is a tribute to anyone with an affliction who thinks they'll never find love.


Morrow had played a person with TS in the film Other Voices and had already learned to portray tics, so "casting himself actually made things a bit easier".[2] Linney was Morrow's first choice for the role of Callie because "he felt the kind of understanding and close rapport he knew would be necessary to bring the two lead characters to life".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an average rating of 4.9/10 based on 22 reviews.[1]

The New York Times wrote:[4]

But the most grating conceit attempted by Mr. Morrow—who also directed and was a writer of the film—is to plunge inside Lyle's head by playing out several point-of-view scenes with a jittery camera. It's so unimaginative a ploy that you think Mr. Morrow knows he can't get away with it more than once, but that doesn't keep him from trying. ... Despite the practiced hand that Mr. Morrow shows with his actors, Maze becomes a vanity project bathed in poignancy. ... The most facile development of Maze is that it treats Tourette's syndrome as a kind of Muse, a force that Lyle uses to spur him on.


  1. ^ a b "Maze (2001)". Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c ""Maze": Laura Linney & Rob Morrow Interview". November 14, 2001. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "'Maze': Rob Morrow". November 5, 2001. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (November 9, 2001). "Movie Review: Maze (2000). Film Review; Tormented by a Syndrome, But Tickled in New Love". The New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 

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