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What Maisie Knew (movie)

'What Maisie Knew' a child's-eye view of divorce ★★★ 1/2

'What Maisie Knew' a child's-eye view of divorce ★★★ 1/2

It is night in an upscale Manhattan apartment. A child, tucked safely into bed, drifts toward sleep to the sounds of her parents tearing each other apart in the next room.

We are in Maisie's world and about to find out in uncomfortable detail just "What Maisie Knew."

Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel have created a smart — and smarting — film based on the novel "What Maisie Knew," one of Henry James' lesser-known works. Without losing the 19th-century author's sensibility, screenwriters Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne have brought into the modern age James' examination of the effect of a messy divorce on a child.

For all the ugliness the...