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Martha Marcy May Marlene

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Sean Durkin

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About the Movie

In her stunning feature film debut, Elizabeth Olsen delivers an electrifying, star-is-born performance in this gripping psychological thriller that is far and away one of the year’s best! After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader (Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes), a young woman named Martha (Olsen) tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from Martha’s past trigger a chilling paranoia — and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 196
  • Fresh: 177
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 18, 2014

Fresh: In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you'll see all year. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Mar 18, 2014

Fresh: The horror aesthetic of B-movie producer Val Lewton -- that the unseen is more frightening than the seen -- is carried to a merciless extreme in this unnerving debut feature by writer-director Sean Durkin. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Nov 3, 2011

Fresh: Durkin depicts a horror that some among us actually live, where the search for family leads to something familiar and dangerous. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Nov 4, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A Wild Ride

This film is great for a vriety of reasons. It has some phenomenal performances by Elizabeth Olson and John Hawkes, a fantastic introspective script and e cinematography is completely mindblowing at times. The director really captures the spooky/twisted mood of the film perfectly and brings you into this paranoid world with precision, talent, and grace. It's a tad slow at times but the atmosphere of this drama is worth your time alone.


The hype behind this film was way over the bar in which it was set. Which is probably why so much is missing, much like the characters existence and the main character's memory.

Tedious at best

What a terrible terrible film. I wish I could retrieve the part of my life that was wasted on this film. The plot summary promises so much but there is nothing gripping about this at all. Large portions of silence in this film destroy the little tension that there is, and the flashback scenes just don't hang together well at all. Save your money, or at least spend it on something worth watching.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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