Murderous Maids
Murderous Maids (2002)

Based on the same infamous murders that inspired Jean Genet's play The Maids, and the earlier film Sister My Sister, this French drama explores the difficult family life, professional pressures, and forbidden bond that in 1933 led… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score
91%
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User Score
68%


Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A historical account that is equally disturbing and engrossing, with a powerful performance by Sylvie Testud.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Sylvie Testud gives such a ferociously controlled performance that the messy murder seems like a necessary release.

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety

Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.

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Film4

Constructing this story with sensitive slowness, Denis keeps the sensational aspects surrounding these incestuous lesbian sisters in check, letting a fantastic performance from Testud carry the movie.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.

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Time Out

Convincingly played, but some way short of revelatory.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The acting is convincingly macabre, with Sylvie Testud giving an absolutely superb delirious performance.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

The film studies a world of deeply entrenched class divisions and sexual taboos, and then, with a scream in the night, draws the study to a close, leaving its meaning, like that of the case that inspired it, open to interpretation.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Though far from a feel-good affair, it is never cheap or cynical. Its creepiness is well-earned.

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Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

Good performances and a firm directing hand make this worthwhile despite the distasteful subject matter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
Disturbing true-life tale of madness that resulted in the brutal murder of a woman and her daughter by their maids, two sisters. Sylvie Testud plays Christine,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=gray]Whenver I'm reviewing a movie, I always make a conscious decision to give away as little as possible while at the same… More