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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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July 3, 2016
'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is the vehicle with which the youngest Olsen sister moves out of her famous older twin siblings' shadows, and establishes herself as the serious artist of the family. She's magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2015
Durkin's swaggeringly confident film utilizes long takes and tension within compositions to conjure an all-consuming sense of unease.
March 18, 2014
In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you'll see all year.
March 18, 2014
Durkin intersperses the present-day scenes with increasingly revelatory flashbacks from Martha's two years in the cult.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2014
The beauty of Olsen's star-making performance is inarguable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2014
Martha is a cipher in the mounting drama, but Olsen manages to give her real life with a sort of reverse charisma, curling her physical beauty into poses of aggression or loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2014
A moody, atmospheric study in paranoia and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2014
In a world lacking trust, every movement seems a threat, around every corner lurks betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 11, 2013
Durkin's direction is strong and assured and due to it, we get a fresh and exciting film that serves as a nice debut for Elizabeth Olsen.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 28, 2013
With a diegesis mapped along the mental contours of its protagonist, Martha Marcy May Marlene harkens back to Pasolini's notion of the cinema of poetry--and achieves it beautifully.
December 29, 2012
Olsen, in a captivating, career-making performance, makes Martha awkward and inscrutable, sexual yet innocent...She makes the journey a mesmerizing and chilling experience and turns a cryptic film into an unforgettable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2012
A subtle, yet challenging, character drama with stand-out performances and some truly beautiful camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 24, 2012
Martha Marcy May Marlene might not have campaign funding or grandstanding performances, but it has heart and soul, two qualities which are slowly corrupted throughout for your viewing pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2012
A disturbing psychological drama that's guaranteed to rack up more and more followers as its menacing message is spread.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 27, 2012
A brilliant exploration of the destructive power of cult conditioning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 27, 2012
It may not be a fun film to watch, or one that you'd care to repeat very often - but it's a necessary experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2012
Neither the thriller the trailer suggests, not the feminine, visual poem the poster suggests, this is a film about loss of self that is absolutely clear about its own identity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2012
This is a very real and very chilling look at cult behavior, and it's understandable how this can unnerve parents who worry a lot about their adult children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 15, 2012
This is a troubling portrait of how fear and abuse leave their tentacles in everything they touch - and a haunting one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
Olsen delivers an amazing performance and it's tragic seeing her go from a gorgeous young woman to a beautiful basket case. A must see. I've never seen a film that generates such a high level of anxiety by doing so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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