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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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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
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
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-
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
October 27, 2011
Though very well-acted, the story collapses under the weight of its own disjointed melancholia.
October 20, 2011
A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.
October 21, 2011
"Martha Marcy May Marlene" isn't much of a movie, but it's a great introduction.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 28, 2011
...nothing more than a showcase for several stirring performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 31, 2011
Sophomoric psychology and stereotypical social models cemented by wooden acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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.
October 21, 2011
Good Beginning, Bad ending, viewers shouldn't have to write the end of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
February 5, 2012
The title sounds like a demented worshipper counting her beads, which is perhaps not entirely inaccurate.
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
October 17, 2011
The non-ending turns the whole movie into an elaborate tease, too creepy to dismiss, too shallow to justify its "ambiguities."
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+
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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