By the end of “What Maisie Knew,” you hope against hope that Maisie doesn’t realize what the audience has been hip to from almost the first frame: Her parents are legitimately terrible people. You cannot help but wish for her the best and for them the very worst.
Based on Henry James’ scathing 19th century novel, “What Maisie Knew” updates the action for the 2010s — the demimonde is Manhattan rather than London and Maisie’s parents are not decadent Brits (well, one is) but successful creative types in a giant apartment.
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‘What Maisie Knew’
Starring: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Alexander Skarsgård
Rating: Rated R for some language
Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes