WICKED LITTLE LETTERS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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As far as I am concerned, there is nothing that either Olivia Colman or Jessie Buckley — screen goddesses both — could possibly do that wouldn’t be worth watching. I don’t mean that I’ve loved every film they’ve appeared in, because I haven’t… but I do mean that even in the films of theirs that I haven’t loved, I’ve always found them hugely fascinating. They redeem bad movies. They make good movies better. They have always rewarded me when I spend time with them, no matter what else is happening around them.

And now they get to butt heads onscreen for the first time? Is it Christmas? (They both star in 2021’s The Lost Daughter but never appear together.) Even better: there’s no need for qualifiers here. I adore Wicked Little Letters and can easily see this becoming a future comfort movie for me, a flick to revisit when I’m feeling low and in need of a cheerfully indecent, gloriously naughty pick-me-up. (Continue reading…)

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).