Martyrs Reviews

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July 30, 2020
Films at their best - and worst - continue to have tremendous power, and Martyrs is absolutely a film which encapsulates this.
June 21, 2020
Intense, disorienting, unsettling, upsetting, polarising - Martyrs is all these things, but it is also intelligent, moving and strangely transcedent. If you want to be put through the wringer by a film, make it this one.
February 22, 2020
This is not an easy film to watch, but it is a valuable film to watch.
February 19, 2020
The narrative wraps up on its own terms, leaving the viewer alone to ponder over precisely what just happened.
April 30, 2019
With Martyrs the horrifying imagery and gore are not the point or the source of entertainment ... It transcends the genre, and challenges the viewers to see beyond the horror.
October 19, 2018
Maybe I missed the point of the lesson.
October 19, 2018
Martyrs is something of a horror milestone-a dire one to some, but a movie to be reckoned with all the same.
October 19, 2018
Martyrs has an intelligence and a dogged determination to do and to say what its predecessors could or would not.
December 5, 2016
The kind of person who'd be inclined to seek the film out is probably not the kind of person who'd regret that decision.
November 3, 2015
It should fare well with fans of hardcore gore looking for something subversive.
October 13, 2015
It's a hollow film with hopelessly annoying themes that don't arouse questions so much as eye rolls.
July 16, 2013
Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever.
April 13, 2011
Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then "Martyrs" flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.
March 13, 2011
Some call it torture porn, others might call it aggressive moralising, more still have say it's boring and pointless. In my view this level of dissent marks it as worthwhile.
December 1, 2010
it turns out to be concerned precisely with the nature and reception of extremity, posing uncomfortable questions about what it is that one really seeks in choosing to 'witness' scenes of horrific human abjection.
July 31, 2009
Perhaps more than any other horror film, Martyrs demonstrates the range of the genre's capabilities to find ways to excite, provoke, and disturb us.
April 29, 2009
ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony
April 27, 2009
Martyrs is an absolute recommend, but only to those who are willing to accept the film on its own uncompromising terms. All others are advised to stay well clear away.
April 22, 2009
Martyrs marks new ground in the horror genre - just don't take that as a sign it's worth your time.
March 31, 2009
The air of pretentiousness and the whiff of lesbian chic suggest that the bunch of nihilists who produced this garbage will claim something for it. All it really demonstrates is that there is something seriously rotten in the state of France.
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