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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language.

R In Theaters 10/21/2011 , 101min.
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69%
Viewer score based on 27 ratings
76%
Critic score based on 37 reviews

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January 28, 2013
scrammy2
I loved it! Disturbing, but I couldn't stop watching and the end was perfect! Elizabeth Olsen is super hot and perfect in this role.
May 27, 2012
jm00000000110968
Fantastic and real acting. Very refreshing to see. I can't say enough about Elizabeth Olsen. She's the most promising actress I've seen in a long time and I look forward to seeing what else she does. I agree with the others about the ending. Not thrilled about it for sure. It's a very disturbing movie. It fits more into the drama category as far as i'm concerned. It's very emotional and difficult
November 24, 2011
mikesmutt
This is certainly not a film you'll leave with a smile on your face. Interesting material but the ending leaves you wondering why you spent the time. Don't waste your money.
November 21, 2011
marathon4
The acting was good. The main character however, was too troubled and therfore, her perception of events was too convoluted to make any sense.
November 21, 2011
bobflaps
This may be the biggest waste of $10 I've ever spent. My wife and I saw it with another couple--we all agreed--IT WAS BEYOND TERRIBLE!!!!!! Depressing, dis-jointed, full of too many flashbacks--an incredible waste of celluloid. DON'T GO SEE IT!!!

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Variety
The largely elliptical script feels a few drafts shy of focus, with the thriller elements undermining the juicier questions of why one joins a cult and how life can go back to normal later. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Patrick periodically criticizes his disciples, including Martha, for failing to be open enough with him, and that is also a shortcoming of Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is a bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
A film of rough edges and no easy answers, nearly perfect in its imperfection. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
A horror movie that follows none of the predictable paths of the genre, it offers disturbing psychological drama and nuanced chills rather than outright terror. Full Review
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