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Murderous Maids Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Newspaper stories or television coverage on murders far removed from the local scene accomplish as much, and are often as quickly forgotten

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C-

October 3, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

...salaciously simplistic.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2002
Greg Muskewitz

Jean-Pierre Denis' quiet approach to the stentorian amorality and fetid machinations brand him heavily as either voyeur or nihilist, with a perverse sense of pessimism in both directions.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2002
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Never inspires more than an interested detachment.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 18, 2002
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 17, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a story, an old and scary one, about the monsters we make, and the vengeance they take.

Full Review | Original Score: A

July 26, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The dreamy, almost poetic nature is entrancing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Michael Szymanski

Troubling, disturbing, this is put together with fine technique, but it plays almost as a heartless documentary, ignoring the obvious trappings of sensationalism.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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As the dominant Christine, Sylvie Testud is icily brilliant.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

May 31, 2002
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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An intelligent, moral shocker.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Murderous Maids has a lot going for it, not least the brilliant performances by Testud ... and Parmentier.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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 Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2002
Christopher Null

provocative but a bit flat

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 20, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A creaky staircase gothic.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

July 7, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Murderous Maids pulls no punches in its depiction of the lives of the Papin sister and the events that led to their notorious rise to infamy...

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

July 9, 2002
Kent Turner

Sylvie Testud is nothing less than ferocious...Even in her stillness, she's compelling.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.50/5

April 15, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The acting is convincingly macabre, with Sylvie Testud giving an absolutely superb delirious performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

October 29, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Genuinely unnerving.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 16, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It presents the Papin sisters' lives with ferocious clarity, shedding a painful light on emotions too volatile to be named and on actions that ultimately defy explanation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2002
John Anderson
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Denis forges out of the theories of class- based rage and sisterly obsession a razor-sided tuning fork that rings with cultural, sexual and social discord.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2002
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