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Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman -- so much so that on a trip during which her father dies, she does indeed cry, but only because she lost her purse. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle between them to determine who will get the upper hand over the other. Martha holds her own in this genuinely sado-masochistic relationship, until a tragic accident paralyzes her. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You don't have to agree with its premise -- that middle-class marriage equals sadomasochism -- to respond to the bravura comic glee with which the director lays it out."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Easily the most twisted film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career, Martha (a favorite of his frequent cinematographer Michael Ballhaus) catalogs the tyrannical hold a bourgeois husband has over his wife."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Fassbinder offers up an extremely bleak work here, even for him, but ultimately the film works mainly as the diatribe against marriage that it is."
‑ Christopher Null,
"An array of domestic terrors"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The ornate sets and colorful camerawork only belie the disturbed nature of this truly sick film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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