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Director Pascal Lauguier follows his 2004 thriller House of Voices with this relentlessly brutal tale of a girl who suffered unimaginable abuse as a young child, and the unspeakable horrors that unfold when she arrives at an isolated cabin in the woods fifteen years later. The story begins as the young, badly battered Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) -- obviously the victim of inhuman abuse -- is hospitalized after somehow managing to escape her sadistic captors. Nearly catatonic after her life-altering ordeal, Lucie only manages to become functional again as a result of her friendship with Anna… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Scene 360
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Martyrs is an absolute recommend, but only to those who are willing to accept the film on its own uncompromising terms. All others are advised to stay well clear away."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"A sadistic, religiose French horror movie."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Film should score OK with hardcore gore fans, but others will expect martyrdom for sticking it out until the end."
‑ Jordan Mintzer, Variety
"Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then Martyrs flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"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."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Martyrs marks new ground in the horror genre - just don't take that as a sign it's worth your time."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"'Martyrs' is initially shocking and strong, but eventually falls apart once we are informed about what the hell is going on."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"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."
‑ Simon Foster,
"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."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"ultimately a very off-putting one-trick pony"
‑ Keith Breese,
"The air of pretentiousness and the whiff of lesbian chic suggest that the bunch of nihilists who produced this garbage will claim something for it. All it really demonstrates is that there is something seriously rotten in the state of France."
‑ Peter Whittle, Times [UK]
"Intense, disorienting, unsettling, upsetting, polarising - Martyrs is all these things but it is also intelligent, moving and strangely uplifting. If you want to be put through the wringer by a film, make it this one."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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