• JC

    ★★★★½ Watched by JC 27 Aug, 2014 6

    A cult film this quiet and subdued has rarely been presented, but it's a gamble that pays off. Director Sean Durkin does a lot with very little, focusing often times on the effects of a damaging cult rather than the damage itself. The result is the audience feeling as fragmented as Martha herself with time weaving back and forth, and the seeming impossibility to escape the past.

    Long overdue since hearing the Sundance buzz when it first released, I now…


  • peterw5

    ★★★★ Added by peterw5

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Jryanmua

    ★★★★ Watched by Jryanmua 21 Aug, 2014

    This film is disturbing.

    Full thoughts to come eventually...


  • Lawrence Garcia

    ★★★★ Watched by Lawrence Garcia 10 Aug, 2014


    Built on an intriguing premise--a woman (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from an abusive cult back to her family, but they never (at least not in the film) find out what she has been through--Martha Marcy May Marlene plays out like a psychological horror/thriller that simmers and boils the whole way through. Cutting back and forth between her life in the cult and her attempts to recuperate at her sister's idyllic lakehouse might seem gimmicky, but it works like a masterstroke…


  • Ally Berry

    ★★★★ Added by Ally Berry

    Suffocating atmosphere swamped in smothering tension. Shot beautifully, acted by a cast incredibly well. The story builds predictably but is paced well, and is staggered beautifully between past and currents events. Definitely one of the better films addressing cult life and the trauma it can have on someone who is fortunate to rip themselves away from it. A very character-driven film. You will have a very thorough understanding of M by the end, and feel just as fearful and helpless as her as she tries to continue to ‘exist.'


  • Chris J. Allan

    ★★★★ Watched by Chris J. Allan 04 Aug, 2014

    Would highly recommend Martha Marcy May Marlene, a properly tense, harrowing, chilling & beautifully made film. Elizabeth Olsen is stellar.


  • nyk

    Watched by nyk 21 Jul, 2014 1

    Martha Marcy May Marlene was a film which I expected to be something and was completely something else. Take a look at the poster and read the title a couple of times mindlessly and have a vision about the film. I am pretty sure it wont be the one of the actual film. This is one of those rare films which seems to be better if you go in without watching the trailer.

    The film is just about the paranoia…


  • Boggy Creek

    ★★★★ Watched by Boggy Creek 19 Jul, 2014

    Martha Marcy May Marlene is a beautifully shot film to mark Elizabeth Olsen's first lead in a feature by a stellar performance. With excellent transitions and the adoring vintage look, its technicals are strikingly fantastic and yet backed by Olsen's knockout and grueling depiction of a young adult in-and-out of a no good cult. Hat's off to her. She knows how to get the attention she needs.


  • johncnoonan

    ★★★★ Added by johncnoonan

    Told through a series of flashbacks, Martha Marcy May Marlene tells the story of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a tearaway who, for two years, has been living with a cult led by Patrick (John Hawkes); a man susceptible to spouting meaningless proverbs, wooing his nubile intake with soulful crooning and forcing himself upon them as part of their initiation. When we meet Martha, the honeymoon period appears to be well and truly over and, in the early morning, she’s run away…


  • Anny

    ★★★★ Watched by Anny 10 Jul, 2014

    Dream, reality and a super talented Olsen sister. Was this the director's first feature? Freaking hell, great camera work. So many great things in this movie that is so slow paced and minimalistic, great work in general.


  • amyjackson

    ★★★★ Watched by amyjackson 09 Jul, 2014 2

    REALLY liked this film, thought it was super creepy and atmospheric and had me literally running up the stairs to google the ending. would have liked to have spent more time at the cult though. best part!


  • Natasha Cunha

    ★★★★½ Watched by Natasha Cunha 03 Jul, 2014

    It blew me away, I already like Elizabeth Olsen as an actress but I haven't seen her in such a deep and disturbing movie, 2 thumbs up for her and the director.

    This was one of the first movies on my watchlist, and I found here in our movies collection =), thank you letterboxd for making me "dig up" so many wonderful movies I had let pass by throughout the years...