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Martha Marcy May Marlene Reviews

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December 25, 2015
Elizabeth Olsen gives a brilliant debut performance as a traumatized young woman dealing with paranoia after escaping a dangerous cult. A must see.
December 17, 2015
Boring. Poorly directed.
December 9, 2015
simply fantastic but I really do need to watch it again to really appericate it but incredible acting by Olsen and the story is beautifully told although it is heart breaking
December 6, 2015
Classic "sloppy filmmaking to show the disarray of the main character". Seems to serve a purpose here a bit more in some other cases though. Elizabeth Olsen does well.
½ October 18, 2015
I only have watched a half of it, because of some nudity and sexual activity i can't watch this in public (people around), obviously, gonna continue to watch if i'm alone. It's a pretty exciting movie, wanna see how your reality and delusion could get blur? How is that happened? a traumatic event perhaps? yeah i think so..
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
½ October 3, 2015
Martha Marcy May Marlene starts better than it ends. Elizabeth Olson plays a sympathetic lead in an intense role. One expects there to be some kind of character development, some payoff for the emotional investment in the main character that the film builds up. Unfortunately, plotwise, the film devolves into a vehicle for cheap thrills and goes nowhere. One wishes it would have been more, but for what it is, it is still worth a view. Recommended to those interested in social dynamics and what life is like for people caught up in cults.
Super Reviewer
September 13, 2015
Subtlety is the key to this film. Everything simmers below the surface.
September 4, 2015
It's a good film, though the ending is... intriguing. It's kinda one of those films that seems to be boring but actually aren't. The acting is great too.
½ July 31, 2015
Martha Marcy May Marlene (what a mouthful) is an accomplished thriller teetering on the edge of greatness. A slow burn if ever there was one, the film concerns a paranoid woman named Martha (Elizabeth Olson is phenomenal), who, after leaving an abusive cult, tries to re-adjust to a normal life with her sister. The narrative is split, with half the film told in present tense and the other half shown in a series of flashbacks detailing Martha's time with the cult. As such, the film works on two levels, as both a chilling examination of cult mentality and as a sharp juxtaposition of two opposite lifestyles. What holds the film back is its enigma. While director Sean Durkin weaves a haunting portrait of lives on the fringe, his film doesn't fully coalesce to anything beyond the obvious, and the ending -- if you can call it an ending -- begs the question, "Is that all there is?" There's appeal in Durkin's ambiguity, but also a measure frustration.
½ July 23, 2015
Elizabeth Olsen is fantastic in this creepy character-driven drama that depicts both life during and after becoming part of a cult. [A]
July 8, 2015
So intense, beautifully shot. Great, great début from the director Sean Durkin and it's star Elizabeth Olsen. What a performance by Elizabeth Olsen! There's no way going around without praising her performance.

Film editing is just so good, I felt lost between the scenes. So good that even I got lost along with the broken, lost and paranoid character that Elizabeth Olsen plays.

The Score makes sure you're into it but also gives you the paranoid feeling you have while watching it.

A chilling, disturbing but also weirdly thought provoking thriller!

Second watch in three years and still gives me this void-feel.

July 4, 2015
The topic of the movie sounded very promising, however it was quite boring and disappointing. The characters didn't seem to have any substantial development and the different conflicts, between the protagonist and the sister or the protagonist and the cult were not allowed to involve. It was filmed very beautifully and the setting of the house helped create the isolation that the film tried to portray.
½ June 30, 2015
This as a pretty good movie, but I really wish the ending would have been different.
½ June 24, 2015
A quiet, brooding & disturbing film about losing yourself by way of a brainwashing cult. Olson & Hawkes are riveting. Quite honestly, one of the most haunting films I've ever witnessed. This one stuck with me for days.
May 31, 2015
Martha Marcy May Marlene! This film was amazing, everything about it was amazing. My favourite thing about it is the cinematography or the acting, both of those were phenominal. The score was frightening and very effective in the scenes where it was used. This is arthouse at its best with a clear, but very disturbing story, and it makes this movie a masterpeice in film and a movie that you should definatley watch, i was surprised with the movie because the trailer didn't look amazing, but the critic score made me watch it and the critics are right, this movie is amazing. i highly reccomend this film!
May 28, 2015
Extraordinary performances from Olsen and Paulson. Buried deep within the psyche, the power of indoctrination and cultism lingers while civilian life proves quite a struggle for Martha.
A mesmerizing, thought provoking and disturbing drama.
½ May 21, 2015
½ May 19, 2015
Olsen is fantastic. Fascinating and thrilling at times.
½ May 16, 2015
Ignore the Oscars, Elizabeth Olsen delivered the most interesting performance by an actress in 2011. The Durkin Brothers have created a truly chilling depiction of cult manipulation, brainwashing and the devastating PTSD that results. And, while those aspects are crucial to the film -- it is also a surprisingly creepy experience where the viewer must decide the validity of the title character's paranoia. Unforgettable, disturbing and haunting.
May 13, 2015
Este es un filme complicado para poder reflejar los diferentes elementos en pro y en contra que contiene. Por un lado, tiene actuaciones sólidas pero poco demandantes, donde obviamente Elizabeth Olsen lleva el peso de la trama y su actuación es igualmente sólida pero igualmente poco demandante. Luego la cinta posee una edición muy precisa y acertada. Sin embargo, peca en lo que casi la gran mayoría de los filmes de corte independiente cometen que es un ritmo lento, una ausencia casi total de música y con un cierre ambiguo que no brinda un mensaje claro al expectador. Claro, los cineastas independientes pueden argumentar que su trabajo es demasiado inteligente para ser apreciado por las masas, y por mí, pueden seguir durmiendo de ese lado si eso les ayuda a conciliar el sueño, pero la realidad es que una película, cualquier película debe ser entretenida, punto, una vez que logran entretener, lo demás será ganancia. Y esta cinta aunque por lo menos no es tediosa, ciertamente no apetece el querer volver a verla. Es una lástima ya que la temática es fuerte, haciendo una exposición de las "familias" que surgen en lugares remotos de los Estados Unidos, donde algún "gurú campirano" logra lavarle el cerebro a gente influenciable, con problemas familiares y poca autoestima y los seduce para no solo abandonar sus verdaderas familias, sino que incluso hasta perder sus identidades originales, y que si por alguna razón, alguno logra escapar, como es el caso del personaje de Elizabeth Olsen, provoca que sea imposible volver a integrarse a la familia original. La trama es no lineal, lo cual es algo muy bueno, ya que te permite apreciar ambas etapas de la vida de la personaje, pero como antes mencioné, no lograr crear el factor de entretenimiento al caer en un ritmo irremediablemente lento y una virtual ausencia de música instrumental.
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