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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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Clay Cane

'Indie' is a marketing label that gives lazy films credibility. 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is the perfect example. Every flaw can be summed up with: 'Well, it's an indie!'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

December 9, 2011

The film's concept is riveting, and Hawkes delivers a pitch-perfect performance - making it all the more unfortunate to see the movie ultimately trip up in its execution.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 4.5/10

October 21, 2011

It's not hard to see why Martha Marcy May Marlene was such a huge hit at Sundance, where competence breeds hype and a strong performance becomes synonymous with a strong movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 66/100

October 21, 2011
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Despite the standout acting from Olsen and Hawkes, this movie's disturbing violent and sexual content is painful to sit through. You will find yourself checking your watch and saying enough already to the grim subject matter that makes this an immensely..

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2011
Brian Orndorf

There's plenty of meaningful staring and teary acts of mental distortion, but insight? Not in this remote art-house effort, a feature that prefers to exhibit pain instead of understanding it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

December 1, 2011
Cole Smithey

The big problem with the movie is the filmmakers forgot to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

October 18, 2011
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine

Though very well-acted, the story collapses under the weight of its own disjointed melancholia.

Full Review Source: Buzzine Magazine

October 27, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.

Full Review Source: New York Times

October 20, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"Martha Marcy May Marlene" isn't much of a movie, but it's a great introduction.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Two long hours of murky photography and slow-motion storytelling, in which the audience is always 10 scenes ahead of the action.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 27, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...nothing more than a showcase for several stirring performances...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 28, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Sophomoric psychology and stereotypical social models cemented by wooden acting.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

October 31, 2011
Dana Stevens
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It's one thing for a work of art to ambiguously reveal depths of emotion and meaning; it's something else again to dangle the promise of meaning that never arrives.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 20, 2011
Diana Saenger

Good Beginning, Bad ending, viewers shouldn't have to write the end of a movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I do not think this is a bad movie. I merely think it's not a movie for me. I neither enjoyed it, nor did I feel like it had anything of note to say.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 23, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The title sounds like a demented worshipper counting her beads, which is perhaps not entirely inaccurate.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 5, 2012
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Sean Durkin sensitively but insistently strums one string on his acoustic guitar of cinema, then another, then back again.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 10, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The non-ending turns the whole movie into an elaborate tease, too creepy to dismiss, too shallow to justify its "ambiguities."

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 17, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A subtle, sporadically powerful portrait of a young woman in turmoil. But unfortunately its fractured, elliptical form--while defensible from a stylistic perspective--ultimately undermines its effectiveness as drama.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

October 28, 2011
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Durkin's direction is strong and assured and due to it, we get a fresh and exciting film that serves as a nice debut for Elizabeth Olsen.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

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