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: May 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 53% 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It should fare well with fans of hardcore gore looking for something subversive.

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David N. Butterworth

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

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Jordan Mintzer

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

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a hollow film with hopelessly annoying themes that don't arouse questions so much as eye rolls.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The kind of person who'd be inclined to seek the film out is probably not the kind of person who'd regret that decision.

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Simon Foster

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This extremely disturbing and almost unwatchable exercise in extreme sadism is always gripping, given how it follows unpredictable directions at every moment… More
Directors Cat
[img][/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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