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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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Clay Cane
BET.com
December 9, 2011
'Indie' is a marketing label that gives lazy films credibility. 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is the perfect example. Every flaw can be summed up with: 'Well, it's an indie!'
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 21, 2011
The film's concept is riveting, and Hawkes delivers a pitch-perfect performance - making it all the more unfortunate to see the movie ultimately trip up in its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
October 21, 2011
It's not hard to see why Martha Marcy May Marlene was such a huge hit at Sundance, where competence breeds hype and a strong performance becomes synonymous with a strong movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 11, 2011
Despite the standout acting from Olsen and Hawkes, this movie's disturbing violent and sexual content is painful to sit through. You will find yourself checking your watch and saying enough already to the grim subject matter that makes this an immensely..
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 1, 2011
There's plenty of meaningful staring and teary acts of mental distortion, but insight? Not in this remote art-house effort, a feature that prefers to exhibit pain instead of understanding it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 18, 2011
The big problem with the movie is the filmmakers forgot to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
October 27, 2011
Though very well-acted, the story collapses under the weight of its own disjointed melancholia.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 20, 2011
A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2011
"Martha Marcy May Marlene" isn't much of a movie, but it's a great introduction.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2011
Two long hours of murky photography and slow-motion storytelling, in which the audience is always 10 scenes ahead of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 28, 2011
...nothing more than a showcase for several stirring performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 31, 2011
Sophomoric psychology and stereotypical social models cemented by wooden acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 20, 2011
It's one thing for a work of art to ambiguously reveal depths of emotion and meaning; it's something else again to dangle the promise of meaning that never arrives.
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
October 21, 2011
Good Beginning, Bad ending, viewers shouldn't have to write the end of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 23, 2011
I do not think this is a bad movie. I merely think it's not a movie for me. I neither enjoyed it, nor did I feel like it had anything of note to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2012
The title sounds like a demented worshipper counting her beads, which is perhaps not entirely inaccurate.
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2011
Sean Durkin sensitively but insistently strums one string on his acoustic guitar of cinema, then another, then back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 17, 2011
The non-ending turns the whole movie into an elaborate tease, too creepy to dismiss, too shallow to justify its "ambiguities."
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 28, 2011
A subtle, sporadically powerful portrait of a young woman in turmoil. But unfortunately its fractured, elliptical form--while defensible from a stylistic perspective--ultimately undermines its effectiveness as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
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