Newspaper stories or television coverage on murders far removed from the local scene accomplish as much, and are often as quickly forgotten
| Original Score: C-
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Never inspires more than an interested detachment.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.
... a story, an old and scary one, about the monsters we make, and the vengeance they take.
| Original Score: A
The dreamy, almost poetic nature is entrancing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Troubling, disturbing, this is put together with fine technique, but it plays almost as a heartless documentary, ignoring the obvious trappings of sensationalism.
As the dominant Christine, Sylvie Testud is icily brilliant.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
An intelligent, moral shocker.
Murderous Maids has a lot going for it, not least the brilliant performances by Testud ... and Parmentier.
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
| Original Score: 3.5/4
provocative but a bit flat
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A creaky staircase gothic.
| Original Score: B
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...
Sylvie Testud is nothing less than ferocious...Even in her stillness, she's compelling.
| Original Score: 3.50/5
The acting is convincingly macabre, with Sylvie Testud giving an absolutely superb delirious performance.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.