• Alicia

    ★★★★ Watched by Alicia 24 Jan, 2015

    a lot heavier than i was expecting. elizabeth olsen deals with ptsd after she escapes a cult.

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  • Sienna Mooney

    ★★★★★ Watched by Sienna Mooney 23 Jan, 2015

    I've been meaning to watch this for such a long time, and it completely blew me away. Wow.

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  • Ilpalazo

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ilpalazo 21 Jan, 2015

    Will likely end up as one of the best of the decade for me

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  • zeldarms

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by zeldarms 12 Nov, 2012

    Adopting a split-narrative format, Martha Marcy May Marlene jumps back and forth between the past (her time in the cult) and the present (the time she spends with her sister and brother-in-law (Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy)). The film draws parallels to the real-life horror of the Manson family, specifically mirroring it with John Hawkes' similarly menacing leader Patrick, of whom is the patriarch to all of his indoctrinated followers. The film revels in it's oppression of Martha, manipulating the…

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  • Jason MD-P

    ★★★½ Added by Jason MD-P

    I'm not a big fan of flashback storytelling, but it seems to be appropriate in this case. I wasn't completely convinced by the cult and cult figures; I'd like to read more about Durkin's research and why he chose to write this particular cult this way. It was a little too generic, with elements of religiosity but then other elements that seemed to contradict that. Olsen does a great job with the post-escape characterization, but you never get the feeling…

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  • Tom Ward

    ★★★★ Watched by Tom Ward 18 Jan, 2015

    A chilling and deeply unsettling film. Thought provoking and a wonderful performance from Elizabeth Olsen.

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  • Frankco Lamerikx

    ★★★★½ Watched by Frankco Lamerikx 16 Jan, 2015

    Holy crap, this may well be not just the scariest movie about a cult that I've seen, but one of the scariest movies that I've seen period. No, this is not a horror film in the traditional sense of the world. This is a psychological drama about a girl who leaves a cult, but the cult doesn't leave her. The movie is incredibly subtle in its portrayal of the cult leader, whose eerie attraction is conveyed with minimal means. As…

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  • dangvozden

    ★★★★½ Watched by dangvozden 26 Nov, 2011

    If there is one truth about paranoia it is that it transcends time, space, and especially reason. The fears conjured by paranoia are often brought on by familiarity; a feeling that one has experienced this situation before to fearful results. This link between memories and fears is what could allow paranoia and hysteria to overtake the mind of an individual. It is with this understanding that Martha Marcy May Marlene is able to plunge its audience into an unshakable state…

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  • wizardoffilms

    ★★★½ Watched by wizardoffilms 14 Jan, 2015

    Messed up on top of very messed up.

    Elizabeth Olsen did a great job at portraying someone who is stuck between what is real and what is not. The way she showed her paranoia increasing was done in a subtle way. This film was simple yet at the same time, it leaves you at the edge of your seat. I've always been a firm believer that you could never go wrong with simplicity and that's exactly what Olsen did as…

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  • Daryl

    ★★★½ Watched by Daryl 13 Jan, 2015

    Director Sean Durkin's debut feature is a triumph in restraint.

    It is acted and directed as if it is merely a sensitive drama, and this makes it simply terrifying.

    The psychological drama genre has its ups and downs. The strength of the genre is that it serves a showcase for brilliant performances. Elizabeth Olsson is captivating in what is surely a career making performance. She makes this journey into a moving mesmerising and chilling experience, and turns this movie from…

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  • Jason Woloski

    ★★★★★ Added by Jason Woloski

    magnificent marvelous miraculous masterpiece

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  • Eric Jackman

    ★★★★ Watched by Eric Jackman 28 Nov, 2011

    Terrifying. I was so scared to be alone in a house for a while after seeing this.

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