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Martha (1974)

Martha

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 474

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Movie Info

Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman -- so much so that on a trip during which her father dies, she does indeed cry, but only because she lost her purse. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle between them to determine who will get the upper hand over the other. Martha holds her own in this genuinely sado-masochistic relationship, until a tragic accident paralyzes her. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Television , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Cornell Woolrich
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 30, 2004
Runtime:



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Critic Reviews for Martha

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

You don't have to agree with its premise -- that middle-class marriage equals sadomasochism -- to respond to the bravura comic glee with which the director lays it out.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

Full Review… | September 3, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An array of domestic terrors

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
CinePassion

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

Full Review… | May 23, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fassbinder offers up an extremely bleak work here, even for him, but ultimately the film works mainly as the diatribe against marriage that it is.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004
Filmcritic.com

The ornate sets and colorful camerawork only belie the disturbed nature of this truly sick film.

Full Review… | June 14, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Easily the most twisted film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career, Martha (a favorite of his frequent cinematographer Michael Ballhaus) catalogs the tyrannical hold a bourgeois husband has over his wife.

Full Review… | September 2, 2003
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Martha

½

Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.

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