• Marielba Bohórquez

    ★★★★★ Watched by Marielba Bohórquez 04 Jul, 2015

    Después de ver esto, necesito a Elizabeth Olsen en más roles que le permitan demostrar lo grande que es. No puedo quejarme de nada.

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  • Jeff Schroeck

    ★★ Watched by Jeff Schroeck 01 Jul, 2015

    I've never been part of a commune or cult, and to my knowledge I haven't been brainwashed, so like most people I'm coming at this film from a point of ignorance. I can only suppose or assume anything its accuracy or veracity, but never truly know it, at least not a fraction as well as I'd know the reality of a film about subjects I am more expert in, like music or anxiety.

    Despite some great performances and neat camera…

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  • Alec Price

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Alec Price 27 Jun, 2015 3

    Remarkably assured first film from writer-director Sean Durkin, this is an unsettling exploration of paranoia and psychological trauma, featuring a stunning performance by Elizabeth Olsen in the lead role, that charts a young girl's breakdown following her escape from a cult.  The title is derived from the girl's various given names; Martha is her true name, Marcy May is the name bestowed upon her by cult leader Patrick (John Hawkes), and Marlene is the name all young women who also…

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  • Abby Gayle

    ★★★½ Watched by Abby Gayle 02 May, 2015

    Elizabeth Olsen makes a startling debut as a young woman who escapes a cult and struggles back to normalcy in Sean Durkin’s harrowing psychological drama. Stripping its lead star of naivety for a revealingly complex role, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE unmasks the workings of a cult through the broken and manipulated mind of Martha (Olsen) who reconnects with her sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), after abandoning the abusive cult ran by its beguiling leader, Patrick (John Hawkes). Implied to have a…

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  • Elijah Sarkesian

    ★★★★ Watched by Elijah Sarkesian 09 May, 2015

    Another Avengers-inspired selection. I was impressed by Elizabeth Olson's work in Age of Ultron, and although I've seen a few of her other projects, I hadn't seen what's considered her breakout performance. I get why this film drew so much attention. It's a tricky part, and one that never really clarifies what exactly went on with Martha. Excellent work.

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  • OtisPGrumble

    ★★★★ Watched by OtisPGrumble 15 Jun, 2015

    Dripping in atmosphere with a central performance to die for and an amazing ending, I loved this. Not for everyone admittedly.

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  • Daydreamman

    ★★★½ Watched by Daydreamman 24 Jun, 2015

    Although smart, subtle and entrancing in its execution, it's lack of any heart or thematic center makes the movie not as special as it could be. It's a good, suspenseful movie that succeeds in unsettling and chilling.

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  • indianajones64

    ★★½ Watched by indianajones64 22 Jun, 2015

    There are movies that are sad, depressing, poignantly searing, all these things. Movies that zoom in on their characters, that show in every frame their plight, their hurt, their emotions. These kinds of movies, while not perhaps the most approachable or universally liked, can, when successful, make for a very powerful movie watching experience. Martha Marcy May Marlene was like this, and yet it fell short, in some way, that I had trouble pinning down. We are fully drawn in…

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  • Jane Firehorse

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jane Firehorse 17 Jun, 2015 2

    The first line of dialogue in this film is “Marcy? Marcy May? Where are you going?” Then we see Elizabeth Olsen, in the titular role (and in a stunning performance), running across the road to escape into the forest. But the voice comes from outside of the frame; the source is off camera.

    We don’t know who is speaking.

    This technique appropriately sets a tone of ambiguity, dread and paranoia that builds and builds - and builds - throughout Sean…

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  • M

    ★★★★ Watched by M 19 Jun, 2015

    I don't know what to say about this film overall, really, because I expected heavier scenes (well, the whole film is definitely heavy) in showing why the cult is actually deemed a cult. It was basically The East without scenes centered around the agenda of a non-materialistic, extremist group of people. It definitely relies more on psychological horror but still has an unsettling effect. Elizabeth Olsen does a remarkable job for a debut role...But personally, I probably won't be able…

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  • Sean

    ★★★★ Watched by Sean 19 Jun, 2015

    Nothing overtly terrifying happens in this movie (notwithstanding a rape and murder) yet a profound sense of unease stayed with me throughout. Elizabeth Olsen does a terrific job in this slow burning psychological thriller.

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  • Luke Evans

    ★★★★½ Watched by Luke Evans 17 Jun, 2015

    It's quiet and tender in the most insidious way possible. It lures you into a hesitant serenity, all the while building an emotional powerhouse of an undercurrent block by block. And yet, in a bizarre way, it never comes through on what it has built up. And I love that about it. The ending is not "satisfying" by any means, and that is what is genius about it. There's never anything in the film that will make you scream or…

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