The Most Hated Woman in America

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The Most Hated Woman in America
The Most Hated Woman in America film poster.png
Film poster
Directed by Tommy O'Haver
Produced by
Written by
  • Tommy O'Haver
  • Irene Turner
Starring
Music by Alan Ari Lazar
Cinematography Armando Salas
Edited by Michael X. Flores
Production
company
  • Brownstone Productions
  • Untitled Entertainment
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) (SXSW)
  • March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Most Hated Woman in America is an American biographical drama film directed by Tommy O'Haver and written by O'Haver and Irene Turner. It stars Melissa Leo as Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 14, 2017. The film was released on March 24, 2017, by Netflix.

Plot[edit]

The story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an atheist activist whose efforts led to a Supreme Court ruling banning official Bible readings in public schools during the 1960s, and her kidnapping and murder in 1995.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On July 8, 2015, it was reported that Netflix would finance and release The Most Hated Woman in America, a film dramatizing the life of Madalyn Murray O'Hair. It would be directed by Tommy O'Haver from his own script and star Melissa Leo as O'Hair.[1] In March 2016, Peter Fonda,[2] Sally Kirkland,[3] Rory Cochrane,[4] Josh Lucas, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Vincent Kartheiser, Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, and Alex Frost[5] joined the cast.

On March 24, 2016, it was reported that The Most Hated Woman in America had begun filming in the previous week.[5]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 14, 2017.[6][7] It was released on March 24, 2017, by Netflix.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The Most Hated Woman in America received mixed reviews from film critics. It holds a 44% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 16 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.6/10.[9] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 41 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a negative review, writing: "Seems to fall right where you'd expect: slightly better than your average TV movie, while not as good as your typical theatrical release."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (July 8, 2015). "Netflix Boosts Slate with Melissa Leo's 'Most Hated Woman in America'". Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (March 3, 2016). "Peter Fonda To Be Most Hated Preacher In Netflix's 'Most Hated Woman In America'". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (March 8, 2016). "Jimmy O. Yang Joins 'Patriots Day'; Sally Kirkland Cast In 'Most Hated Woman In America'". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (March 23, 2016). "'Justice' Rounds Out Cast; Rory Cochrane Nabs 'The Most Hated Woman in America'". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 24, 2016). "Josh Lucas, Adam Scott, Juno Temple Join Netflix Drama 'Most Hated Woman in America' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 31, 2017). "SXSW 2017 Lineup: 'Baby Driver', 'Free Fire', 'Muppet Guys Talking' & Docus That Matter In Trump Era". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  7. ^ "The Most Hated Woman In America". South by Southwest. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Two Netflix Original Films Bound for SXSW!". 
  9. ^ "The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Most Hated Woman in America Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (March 14, 2017). "SXSW Film Review: 'The Most Hated Woman in America'". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 

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