Martha
Martha (1974)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

An array of domestic terrors

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The ornate sets and colorful camerawork only belie the disturbed nature of this truly sick film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.