Martha Marcy May Marlene
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Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur. -- (C) Fox… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you'll see all year."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Once we've got over the frustration of this promising film's abrupt ending, we're left with the feeling that you can escape a cult but you can't escape yourself."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The beauty of Olsen's star-making performance is inarguable."
‑ Alynda Wheat, People Magazine
"In a world lacking trust, every movement seems a threat, around every corner lurks betrayal."
‑ Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman
"Olsen, in a captivating, career-making performance, makes Martha awkward and inscrutable, sexual yet innocent...She makes the journey a mesmerizing and chilling experience and turns a cryptic film into an unforgettable one."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Durkin intersperses the present-day scenes with increasingly revelatory flashbacks from Martha's two years in the cult."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A purposely disturbing portrait of a damaged psyche."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Martha is a cipher in the mounting drama, but Olsen manages to give her real life with a sort of reverse charisma, curling her physical beauty into poses of aggression or loss."
‑ Jay Stone,
"Durkin's direction is strong and assured and due to it, we get a fresh and exciting film that serves as a nice debut for Elizabeth Olsen."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"A subtle, yet challenging, character drama with stand-out performances and some truly beautiful camerawork."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"MMMM emphasizes the social and economic discrepancies between Martha's then and now, and alludes to Lucy's guilt about not being there for her younger sister in the past."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Durkin depicts a horror that some among us actually live, where the search for family leads to something familiar and dangerous."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A moody, atmospheric study in paranoia and tension."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"With a diegesis mapped along the mental contours of its protagonist, Martha Marcy May Marlene harkens back to Pasolini's notion of the cinema of poetry--and achieves it beautifully."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"Martha Marcy May Marlene might not have campaign funding or grandstanding performances, but it has heart and soul, two qualities which are slowly corrupted throughout for your viewing pleasure."
‑ Ali Gray,
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