4.5 stars out of 5 -- "MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE enters so richly into psychological horror it recalls those disturbing dramatizations of Jonestown that were big on TV in the '80s."
Box Office - Sara Vizcarrondo (09/12/2011)
"MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE harkens back to Pasolini's notion of the cinema of poetry -- and achieves it beautifully."
Film Comment - Film Comment Staff (09/01/2011)
"Olsen's performance is restrained but not tentative; you could say the same for the movie around it."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (10/18/2011)
3 stars out of 4 -- "Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller..."
Washington Post (10/28/2011)
"Without resorting to anything overtly spooky, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is a truly haunting tale reinforcing the notion that nothing is more terrifying than fear itself."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (10/28/2011)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Durkin delivers an accomplished, disturbing drama, that at times feels like a horror movie."
Uncut - Wendy Ide (03/01/2012)
5 stars out of 5 -- "Olsen is a wonder....She creates a lingering dread that carries us right up to the disquietingly ambiguous final shot."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (04/01/2012)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (11/10/2011)
"A wonderfully difficult film....An existential thriller about identity and just how tenuous a grasp we have on who we really are."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (10/21/2011)
"An impressively self-assured debut feature....Martha is played by Elizabeth Olsen, a very pretty actress whose on-camera presence is at once vivid and interestingly blurred."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (10/21/2011)
"You'll be haunted and disturbed by a film that seeps into your consciousness on a slow drip-feed and then refuses to let go."
Sight and Sound - Lisa Mullen (03/01/2012)
"An undeniably intriguing psychological drama....Olsen carries the story with authority, both emotionally and physically." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (11/04/2011)