Murderous Maids Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 17, 2013
Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release.

Film4
June 17, 2013
Constructing this story with sensitive slowness, Denis keeps the sensational aspects surrounding these incestuous lesbian sisters in check, letting a fantastic performance from Testud carry the movie.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 17, 2013
The film studies a world of deeply entrenched class divisions and sexual taboos, and then, with a scream in the night, draws the study to a close, leaving its meaning, like that of the case that inspired it, open to interpretation.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
July 6, 2010
Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 29, 2008
The acting is convincingly macabre, with Sylvie Testud giving an absolutely superb delirious performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Convincingly played, but some way short of revelatory.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
May 31, 2004
Good performances and a firm directing hand make this worthwhile despite the distasteful subject matter.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 15, 2004
Sylvie Testud is nothing less than ferocious...Even in her stillness, she's compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.50/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
March 2, 2004
Its unevenness can be forgiven due to the boldness of dealing with such a taboo topic matter ,and despite all of its problems, this film makes for a fascinating 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 20, 2003
provocative but a bit flat
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 21, 2002
One wonders if they'll make similarly sympathetic films about O.J. Simpson in 70 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 2, 2002
Spare but quietly effective retelling.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Highly recommended as an engrossing story about a horrifying historical event and the elements which contributed to it.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 8, 2002
Denis and co-writer Michele Petin's impeccable screenplay penetrates with a rawness that that is both unflinching and tantalizing. Lead provocatuers Testud and Parmentier give superlative performances
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2002
The dreamy, almost poetic nature is entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 6, 2002
'The film is stark, straightforward and deadly... an unnatural calm that's occasionally shaken by...blasts of rage, and later, violent jealousy.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
August 8, 2002
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Murderous Maids is how restrained and sensitive French director Jean-Pierre Denis keeps his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
... a story, an old and scary one, about the monsters we make, and the vengeance they take.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 20, 2002
The weight of the piece, the unerring professionalism of the chilly production, and the fascination embedded in the lurid topic prove recommendation enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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