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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 2, 2012
The masterstroke is that Durkin only reveals why Martha is so messed up in flashbacks constructed to mirror her fractured mental state. Olsen plays it with a chilling amount of honesty and the movie creeps up on you and leaves you completely paranoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
The performance of Olsen, effortlessly moving between playful girlishness, catatonia and hysterical paranoia, is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 2012
MMMM emphasizes the social and economic discrepancies between Martha's then and now, and alludes to Lucy's guilt about not being there for her younger sister in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 8, 2012
This could have been retitled "Cognitive Dissonance: The Movie".
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2012
The title sounds like a demented worshipper counting her beads, which is perhaps not entirely inaccurate.
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
February 3, 2012
Like the ordeals of the central character, the film flickers powerfully in the memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 3, 2012
Mesmerising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 3, 2012
It will stay with you long after watching. Guaranteed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 3, 2012
A slippery thriller about fugitive states, and not knowing where you belong, or even who you are.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
February 2, 2012
It's a brave and engrossing performance from Olsen. Sadly outside of that, the film fails to deliver a satisfying climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
February 2, 2012
Olsen puts in a fantastic, natural performance in a film which is shocking at times as it builds to a disturbing conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lucy Barrick
Radio Times
February 2, 2012
Durkin's intelligent, hypnotic and compelling film echoes Martha's fractured mental state, so as the events of the past are slowly revealed, we're never sure whether they are real or imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 2, 2012
It's acted and directed like a sensitive drama, rather than a scary movie, and is all the scarier for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 2, 2012
A psychological thriller premised on the self-contagion, and schizoid to-ings and fro-ings, of a mind suffering spiritual culture shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
February 2, 2012
Sean Durkin's debut is a creepy, tense and ambiguous piece of work.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This film has both the strengths and weaknesses of the psychological thriller genre. Mental states are hard to depict. The strength of the genre is that it serves as a showcase for actors. It is a mixed bag, but it does deliver a heavy dose of creepiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 2, 2012
Both filmmaker and star stand to benefit from this excellent and somewhat mesmerising, if fearful and a touch ambiguous psychological ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 2, 2012
Looking deep into the psyche of this troubled individual, Durkin isn't offering any easy answers... and nor should he be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
February 1, 2012
Suspenseful, memorable, thought-provoking and psychologically credible, brilliantly acted all round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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