Murderous Maids Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 3, 2003
Newspaper stories or television coverage on murders far removed from the local scene accomplish as much, and are often as quickly forgotten
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 24, 2002
...salaciously simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
May 13, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 18, 2002
Never inspires more than an interested detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
June 17, 2013
Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2002
The dreamy, almost poetic nature is entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
May 20, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 31, 2002
As the dominant Christine, Sylvie Testud is icily brilliant.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
An intelligent, moral shocker.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2002
Murderous Maids has a lot going for it, not least the brilliant performances by Testud ... and Parmentier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 20, 2003
provocative but a bit flat
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 7, 2002
A creaky staircase gothic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2002
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 | Original Score: B
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
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
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 16, 2002
Genuinely unnerving.
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
April 19, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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