Martyrs
Martyrs (2008)

Tells the story of Anna, once a missing little girl, found wandering a year later on a country road virtually catatonic after suffering some sort of physical abuse. She grows into a comely young woman, but she's got serious issues. She… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 24, 2009
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55%
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69%



Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A real polarising movie, this Gallic torture-porn is graphic, brutal, nasty and gruesome and not to everyone's taste.

David Jenkins
Time Out

The stylishly mounted first half zips along at a rate of knots while the gruesome make-up work will keep your gag reflex in violent spasm.

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Anton Bitel
Scene 360

Laugier puts the screws on us all, in a contemplative and ambiguous final-act interrogation (delivered in a whisper) of the contradictory motives involved in bearing witness to such horrors.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

it turns out to be concerned precisely with the nature and reception of extremity, posing uncomfortable questions about what it is that one really seeks in choosing to 'witness' scenes of horrific human abjection.

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Jordan Mintzer
Variety

Film should score OK with hardcore gore fans, but others will expect martyrdom for sticking it out until the end.

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then Martyrs flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Perhaps more than any other horror film, Martyrs demonstrates the range of the genre's capabilities to find ways to excite, provoke, and disturb us.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Some call it torture porn, others might call it aggressive moralising, more still have say it's boring and pointless. In my view this level of dissent marks it as worthwhile.

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Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com

ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An extremely disturbing, almost unwatchable exercise in extreme sadism that is always gripping for how it follows unpredictable directions at every time - until… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Martyrs is a film that features more unrestrained brutality and repugnant scens of… More
Cameron Sherwell
'Martyrs' begins promisingly, telling the story of Lucie, a woman who escaped violent confinement as a child and has spent her life fighting the… More
Unknown Hobo
One of the best pieces of unimaginable cinema I have ever seen. Those who would subject this film to the indignity of bearing the title "torture porn"… More
xGary Xx
A young woman tormented by the psychological damage inflicted upon her by sadistic kidnappers seeks revenge with the aid of a childhood friend. Martyrs begins… More
Stephen M
I'm sorry, I just didn't get this at all. It didn't really work on any level for me. Any hopes of the film being a Gallic feminist… More

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