• Whyte Nite

    ★★★ Watched by Whyte Nite 31 Aug, 2014

    This has to be either the sequel/prequel to Simon Killer. Campos and Durkin, go make it a trilogy.

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  • Doc Cortex

    ★★★½ Watched by Doc Cortex 16 Aug, 2014

    A good solid film about a subject matter I really didn't fancy. Martha escapes from a manipulative American cult led by sinister yet charismatic Patrick and moves in with her less than understanding sister. The story of her time in the cult is told through flashbacks that increasingly mesh and become confused with her new life which serves the dual purpose of showing and explaining her precarious mental state. Elizabeth Olsen is fantastic as the titular Martha although looking continually…

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  • Mauricio Xavier

    ★★★★ Watched by Mauricio Xavier 30 Aug, 2014

    Pretty great stuff with the cutting between past and present, playing with how the memories are always haunting Martha and whatnot. In a way you don't really need it all that much, considering the trauma is all on Olsen's face (holy shit is she good in this), but maybe she'd seem an asshole at times? Maybe that would be good, actually, because her sister and the sister's husband sound like assholes waaay too often. Family conflict is so much more…

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  • Luis Eduardo Melean

    ★★★ Watched by Luis Eduardo Melean 30 Aug, 2014

    TED
    I have moments when I would love to move
    to France and just exist but it doesn't
    work that way.

    MARTHA
    You can do that if you want to.

    TED
    It's not that simple.

    MARTHA
    It's not your fault but you learned that
    success is measured by money and
    possessions. It's just not the right way
    to live.

    TED
    And what do you think the right way to
    live is? Being a hysterical mess and
    causing your family pain. You're eating
    my food and sleeping under my roof so
    watch your mouth. You're rude.

    MARTHA
    You don't know anything about it.

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  • 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…

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  • peterw5

    ★★★★ Added by peterw5

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

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  • Jryanmua

    ★★★★ Watched by Jryanmua 21 Aug, 2014

    This film is disturbing.

    Full thoughts to come eventually...

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  • Lawrence Garcia

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

    84/100

    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…

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  • 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.'

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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