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Martyrs Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2015
It should fare well with fans of hardcore gore looking for something subversive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 13, 2015
It's a hollow film with hopelessly annoying themes that don't arouse questions so much as eye rolls.
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
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.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 13, 2011
Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then "Martyrs" flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Edwards
What Culture
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
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.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com
April 29, 2009
ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
April 22, 2009
Martyrs marks new ground in the horror genre - just don't take that as a sign it's worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Whittle
Times (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 31, 2009
A sadistic, religiose French horror movie.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
March 30, 2009
'Martyrs' is initially shocking and strong, but eventually falls apart once we are informed about what the hell is going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 28, 2009
Martyrs is a five star example of what modern horror can do, or a one star mugging of all that is decent. Forgive us if we go with the former.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pat Liu
Little White Lies
March 27, 2009
It will most definitely divide audiences, having already done so all over the world. But Laugier has contributed a brave, brutal and original horror film for all to witness.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
March 27, 2009
Arthouse? Grindhouse? The Passion Of Joan Of Arc: Unrated Edition? Defying all boundaries, Martyrs relentlessly dishes the visceral pain and emerges as a work of not just ceaseless terror but also gravity and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
March 27, 2009
The stylishly mounted first half zips along at a rate of knots while the gruesome make-up work will keep your gag reflex in violent spasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 27, 2009
Martyrs is an unforgettable (not necessarily a good thing) endurance test of a movie that provides a quasi-philosophical spin on the torture porn genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
March 27, 2009
You may well feel in need of a shower after sitting through Martyrs, a slick essay in Gallic torture porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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