Martyrs Reviews

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Peter Whittle
Times [UK]
March 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
April 22, 2009
Martyrs marks new ground in the horror genre - just don't take that as a sign it's worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
September 10, 2008
Film should score OK with hardcore gore fans, but others will expect martyrdom for sticking it out until the end.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/6
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 13, 2011
Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then Martyrs flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com
April 29, 2009
ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 14, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
March 26, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/10
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 31, 2009
A sadistic, religiose French horror movie.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
March 27, 2009
You may well feel in need of a shower after sitting through Martyrs, a slick essay in Gallic torture porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
March 30, 2009
'Martyrs' is initially shocking and strong, but eventually falls apart once we are informed about what the hell is going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
July 16, 2013
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.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Pat Liu
Little White Lies
March 27, 2009
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
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
December 1, 2010
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.
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
September 7, 2008
MARTYRS is this year's INSIDE, both films are legendary in their own right... The only negative thing about Laugier's film is that once you see it, you'll never be able to see it for the first time ever again...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 28, 2009
Martyrs is a five star example of what modern horror can do, or a one star mugging of all that is decent. Forgive us if we go with the former.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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