• Michael Matthews

    ★★★★ Added by Michael Matthews

    Love this movie. Pissed that the world hasn't seen another feature by Durkin.

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  • Anna

    ★★★★ Watched by Anna 28 Feb, 2015

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

    Starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy.

    The film follows a young woman (Martha) suffering from delusions and paranoia after returning to her family from an abusive cult in the Catskill Mountains led by an enigmatic leader, Patrick. She phones her sister Lucy, eventually asking for her help. During the following days, Martha continues to exhibit unusual behavior, with little regard for the norms of conventional American society.

    Told through a series of flashbacks of Martha's time…

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  • Frankie

    ★★★★½ Watched by Frankie 26 Feb, 2015

    One of the best horror films of the last decade. Yes, I realize it's not billed as a horror film, but goddamn if it isn't one of the best slow-building and anxiety-causing pieces of cinema I've seen. The slow camera movements and long pauses prove Durkin has great restraint(I cannot wait to see what he does next). Olsen delivers a brilliant performance, and the fact that it was her first(I'm not counting her older sisters' movies) makes it all the…

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  • Igor Dumitraskovic

    ★★½ Watched by Igor Dumitraskovic 27 Feb, 2015

    I didn't like characters in this movie, especially Martha, didn't care about her at all, so the movie bored me. It's not all bad, it's just mediocre in my opinion and not my cup of tea.

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  • JedidiahAyres

    Added by JedidiahAyres

    Haunting and dreadful, poetic and pleasing, the story of a young woman (where exactly does it register on the creepy old guy scale if I refer to Elizabeth Olsen as the twins' hotter younger sister?) escaped, and possibly on the run, from a cult led by the much higher than me on the creepy old guy scale John Hawkes. Black and white it's not, and the questions raised in the film's final shot are as intriguing and important as any it answered beforehand - ambiguity used well. Can't wait to see what Durkin does next.

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  • Oliver

    ★★★★ Watched by Oliver 26 Feb, 2015

    Martha Marcy May Marlene is a great Bergman-esque psychological thriller which observes the aftermath of a girl escaping from a cult.

    Sean Durkin, in his feature film debut creates a very eery and claustrophobic atmosphere where paranoia and mistrust roam free. The film's pacing is a very big part of what makes it so great. The slow buildup from the beginning to the chilly ending pieces together the full story which takes place over two different time frames. As the…

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  • Ross Showalter

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ross Showalter 18 Feb, 2015

    Going in, one shouldn't expect much of a cohesive narrative, as "Martha Marcy May Marlene" focuses mainly on its thrice-named protagonist and the progression from her first day with a menacing hippie commune to the basket case she is when she flees the commune and reunites with her sister.

    Right off the bat, first time director Sean Durkin sets up a serenely slow pace, building up tension effectively in the opening scenes as events occur. Martha flees from a farm,…

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  • milo

    ★½ Watched by milo 12 Feb, 2015

    only got about half way through. this film was unbearable (which is probably my own fault, but hey)

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  • Alex Austein

    ★★★★½ Watched by Alex Austein 11 Feb, 2015

    Stylishly erodes the lines between traumatic memory and stressful recovery in presenting a young woman's escape from a cult, where she had spent the last two years in seclusion. Elizabeth Olsen is so great here, handling genuinely difficult material with strong emotion and humanness. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is disturbing and upsetting in multiple ways, nearly all of which we infer through Olsen's performance. Through blurry transitions into flashback, the horrifying initiation process of a Catskills cult is depicted, as…

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  • Daniel Nava

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Nava 10 Feb, 2015 2

    And never walk about, after dark
    It's my point of view.
    Cause someone could break your neck
    Coming up behind you always coming and you'd never have a clue

    Here's a film that has one foot in memory, the other in the present, yet operates under a lucid dream logic. A woman walks down a hallway during an evening party and Durkin's camera follows her. It's a dark corridor and what emerges from the other end of the hallway is…

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  • Amit Ashar

    Added by Amit Ashar

    2011

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  • Gonçalo

    ★★★ Watched by Gonçalo 04 Feb, 2015

    Technically the film is faultless - a beautiful cinematography and inspired direction. Also has an interesting story, but some aspects of it didn't work for me.

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