Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a mesmerizing debut performance from Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a distinctive, haunting psychological drama.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you'll see all year.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Once we've got over the frustration of this promising film's abrupt ending, we're left with the feeling that you can escape a cult but you can't escape yourself.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Watching [Elizabeth Olsen] add layer after layer to Martha/Marcy May/Marlene is riveting.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Durkin intersperses the present-day scenes with increasingly revelatory flashbacks from Martha's two years in the cult.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A purposely disturbing portrait of a damaged psyche.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is the vehicle with which the youngest Olsen sister moves out of her famous older twin siblings' shadows, and establishes herself as the serious artist of the family. She's magnificent.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

MMMM emphasizes the social and economic discrepancies between Martha's then and now, and alludes to Lucy's guilt about not being there for her younger sister in the past.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Durkin depicts a horror that some among us actually live, where the search for family leads to something familiar and dangerous.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Durkin's swaggeringly confident film utilizes long takes and tension within compositions to conjure an all-consuming sense of unease.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
Elizabeth Olsen makes her cinematic debut in Sean Durkin's 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', a psychological thriller about life after escaping (?) a… More
Cynthia S.
Complex story that takes a little bit of concentration to realize it's not made like other movies. People who are complaining about there being no ending… More
Nicki Marie
Really impressed with Elizabeth Olsen. Has been great in everything I've seen her in. I would like to watch this movie again before I review it properly… More
Graham Willis
An enthralling story that lingers in the mind long after the end credits have rolled.
Daniel Perry
The log line says this film is about attempting to re-integrate a cult survivor into a family, and it is, but I thought that was only one aspect of the plot;… More
danny d
my wife said that the scenes at the ranch didnt justify martha's later behavior. ive thought a lot about whether or not that's true, but that's… More

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