The Most Hated Woman in America

The true story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair -- iconoclast, opportunist, and outspoken atheist -- from her controversial rise to her untimely demise.

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  • ★★★½ review by Aaron King on Letterboxd

    A film that has a talented set of actors and actresses to choose from but it never goes into much detail of their lives. Melissa Leo is always great in everything she is in and she excels at being a person who has convictions but later lets money corrupt her.

  • ★★★★ review by Katinka on Letterboxd

    I've never heard of this woman or this case (being from Europe and all) but I'm a sucker for everything true crime related and agnostic so this is definitely a movie for me!

    I'll probably go and edit this review to make it a proper one with a plot tease and all that but right now I'm really excited and have to read the true story about her to see if the movie matches up...

  • ★★★½ review by Bristol on Letterboxd

    This movie was surprising. I'd heard about the Supreme Court case to get the Lord's Prayer taken out of schools before, but I didn't really know anything about who made it happen, or how.

    This story was fascinating from a social standpoint, and the backlash this woman faced was immense. It was honestly not surprising that she was as "cold" and "rude" as she was, given the fact she'd spent her entire life being screamed at, assaulted, shot and delivered hate mail and death threats every day.

    Her relationship with her children was sad. I don't think she was an evil woman, but a good parent, not really. She tried, but her own self interests always seemed to get in the way.

    The ending of the moving is wild, and fascinating. I would recommend this to almost everyone to watch. Her story is engrossing, and her disappearance wild. It was a wild ride from start to finish, and a great historical biography, about a person and event that should be more well known.

    The amount of crime tied up with all religious organizations, and non religious organizations that work with them are immense, and this barely scratches the surface.

    The makeup and costumes in the movie is pretty good, moving across decades, and while the soundtrack was a little sub par, overall the story keeps you interested. While her character is a little hard to take at times, she's unique, and it's a fascinating portrayal of a woman that fought so hard for the first amendment, and ultimately landed up pretty unknown.

  • ★★★★ review by daylamay2 on Letterboxd

    Although this film mainly focuses on the views of a widely hated Atheist woman, I have to agree with some of her points. Honestly, there are more reasons not to believe in God than to believe that there really is a God because of how terrible of a place the world is. If there really was a giant man in the sky, why isn't he doing anything about the worldwide crises happening right now? And just because the holy books are there, we can't prove his existence until Judgement Day. However, if the giant man in the sky wasn't there, I guess we wouldn't be there either because there's no way our universe started with a big bang and that we're all made of stardust and other celestial remnants. So there's sense in whether you believe in him or not.

  • ★★★★ review by Tarryn-tino on Letterboxd

    This was not what I expected it to be, but in a good way.

    First of all, I thought it was a documentary and second of all, I expected that I wasn't going to like the 'most hated woman' because I guessed she was going to be an ignorant/racist/backward/stuck in the past old woman.

    Turns out, she's an atheist with a mission and a pretty funny one at that.

    Melissa Leo was great and was definitely the highlight of this film and the story of this woman and her family is absolutely bonkers.

    One of the best Netflix films to date and I really enjoyed it.

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