Critic Review - Times [UK]

The air of pretentiousness and the whiff of lesbian chic suggest that the bunch of nihilists who produced this garbage will claim something for it. All it really demonstrates is that there is something seriously rotten in the state of France.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (5)
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Dudley Heffington

probably the most pseduo intellectual statement to make about one of the most intriguing films ever made

Dec 31 - 01:29 AM

Charles R.

Charles Roucher

All it really demonstrates is that Peter Whittle is either very confused or incredibly obtus. As per the state of France, they were out of the recession quicker than England and their cinema still manages to finance a majority of British mainstream projects, so I guess they are doing fine. Besides, if you compare horror flicks across the Chanel (Dog Soldiers anyone? Poorly designed plastic werewolves meet soap opera actors and lots of ketchup) I would say France is still ahead.

Jan 24 - 01:42 AM

andrew black

andy black

france's film industry is in better shape because there is far more finance and to be quite honest pride when it comes to film. france also is one of the few countries that does not allow american garbage to saturate every cinema- which is exactly how it should be. a hell of a lot of film industry talent comes out of the u.k and they produce many of the years best films each year- on the subject of horror one of the best horrors of the deacde was british- the descent, just last year there was triangle/eden lake and others. blame america for destroying every countries film industry- and incase you suggest it no it isnt because everyone just wants to watch hollywood films.

Dec 12 - 08:36 AM

andrew black

andy black

france's film industry is in better shape because there is far more finance and to be quite honest pride when it comes to film. france also is one of the few countries that does not allow american garbage to saturate every cinema- which is exactly how it should be. a hell of a lot of film industry talent comes out of the u.k and they produce many of the years best films each year- on the subject of horror one of the best horrors of the deacde was british- the descent, just last year there was triangle/eden lake and others. blame america for destroying every countries film industry- and incase you suggest it no it isnt because everyone just wants to watch hollywood films.

Dec 12 - 08:39 AM

Nick Livingston

Nick Livingston

The weakness of Mr. Whittle's review lies in his pathetic generalization of the French. That said, his commentary on the contents of this film could not be more right. Only a complete hack would truly believe that any new ground has been broken by "Martyrs." Simply because an art house picture flies in the face of traditional Hollywood storytelling does not automatically bestow it with originality or meaning. This film is painful to watch and boring to boot. It is more painful to see so many praise it as an achievement. There is as much meaning to this film as any piece of garbage in the "Saw" franchise. Anyone that would claim an entire nation to be more artistically advanced than all the artists of another nation prove themselves to be both crass and stupid.

Apr 28 - 07:10 AM

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