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Murderous Maids Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 17, 2013
Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release.
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
June 17, 2013
Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 17, 2013
The film studies a world of deeply entrenched class divisions and sexual taboos, and then, with a scream in the night, draws the study to a close, leaving its meaning, like that of the case that inspired it, open to interpretation.
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Lisa Nesselson
July 6, 2010
Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Convincingly played, but some way short of revelatory.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 18, 2002
Though far from a feel-good affair, it is never cheap or cynical. Its creepiness is well-earned.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 12, 2002
Testud is the burning center of a clinically dispassionate film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2002
Made with spellbinding clarity and tact, shot near the actual locations by an uncompromising cinema realist, and featuring a near-perfect cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
An intelligent, moral shocker.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2002
The story makes for an absorbing drama that builds in intensity, heading toward the ultimate outburst with a grim sense of inevitability.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 31, 2002
Troubling and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 31, 2002
As the dominant Christine, Sylvie Testud is icily brilliant.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2002
What [Denis] accomplishes in his chilling, unnerving film is a double portrait of two young women whose lives were as claustrophic, suffocating and chilly as the attics to which they were inevitably consigned.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2002
Murderous Maids may well be the most comprehensive of these films and also strike closest to the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 30, 2002
Ultimately too repellent to fully endear itself to American art house audiences, but it is notable for its stylistic austerity and forcefulness.
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Stephanie Zacharek
April 25, 2002
What Denis ends up with is a delicate psychological portrait in which his grim determination to be restrained and sensitive is the major feature.
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John Anderson
April 19, 2002
Denis forges out of the theories of class- based rage and sisterly obsession a razor-sided tuning fork that rings with cultural, sexual and social discord.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2002
It presents the Papin sisters' lives with ferocious clarity, shedding a painful light on emotions too volatile to be named and on actions that ultimately defy explanation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 16, 2002
Genuinely unnerving.