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Martyrs Reviews

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Peter Whittle
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.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

March 31, 2009
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Martyrs marks new ground in the horror genre - just don't take that as a sign it's worth your time.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2009
Jordan Mintzer
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Film should score OK with hardcore gore fans, but others will expect martyrdom for sticking it out until the end.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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The stylishly mounted first half zips along at a rate of knots while the gruesome make-up work will keep your gag reflex in violent spasm.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

March 27, 2009
David N. Butterworth

Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then Martyrs flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2011
Keith Breese

ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 29, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Martyrs is an unforgettable (not necessarily a good thing) endurance test of a movie that provides a quasi-philosophical spin on the torture porn genre.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Young women are brutalised to a place beyond pain, as part of an eschatological experiment. You really don't need to see this.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

March 27, 2009
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 0/5

January 14, 2010
Victor Olliver

Despite fancy writing, it's just another gore porn flick, out to shock for the hell of it and designed for loners who attend film festivals.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 4/10

March 26, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A sadistic, religiose French horror movie.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 31, 2009
Xan Brooks

You may well feel in need of a shower after sitting through Martyrs, a slick essay in Gallic torture porn.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

March 27, 2009
Lucius Gore

'Martyrs' is initially shocking and strong, but eventually falls apart once we are informed about what the hell is going on.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2009
Mike Edwards
What Culture

Some call it torture porn, others might call it aggressive moralising, more still have say it's boring and pointless. In my view this level of dissent marks it as worthwhile.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 13, 2011
Simon Foster

Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever.

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July 16, 2013
Scott Weinberg

French horror cinema that doesn't shy away from the rough stuff and aims to bring a few extra layers to the typically anemic slash-and-smash concept.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2008
Pat Liu
Little White Lies

It will most definitely divide audiences, having already done so all over the world. But Laugier has contributed a brave, brutal and original horror film for all to witness.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2009
Anton Bitel

Intense, disorienting, unsettling, upsetting, polarising - Martyrs is all these things but it is also intelligent, moving and strangely uplifting. If you want to be put through the wringer by a film, make it this one.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2009
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

it turns out to be concerned precisely with the nature and reception of extremity, posing uncomfortable questions about what it is that one really seeks in choosing to 'witness' scenes of horrific human abjection.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

December 1, 2010
Anton Bitel
Scene 360

Laugier puts the screws on us all, in a contemplative and ambiguous final-act interrogation (delivered in a whisper) of the contradictory motives involved in bearing witness to such horrors.

Full Review Source: Scene 360

July 2, 2013
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