The Most Hated Woman in America ★★

Fairly unbearable and anchored by a miserable turn from Melissa Leo, this biopic about notorious atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair mistakes cynicism for even-handedness. Leo either has no ability or no inclination to imbue Madalyn with any sort of drive or intelligence, resulting in a hollow film that indulges in a tawdry true-crime saga without any higher calling. It’s a testament to director Tommy O'Haver’s typical ineptitude that he can’t make the film even moderately compelling, despite being blessed with such a controversial subject and saddled with a boilerplate script.