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Martyrs (2008)



Critic Consensus: A real polarising movie, this Gallic torture-porn is graphic, brutal, nasty and gruesome and not to everyone's taste.

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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 also has a close friend, Lucie, who she ultimately calls after she finds herself in an unusual house in the middle of the forest. There's something very disturbing about the Bauhaus-esque home, something Anna can't quite put her finger on.

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Catherine Bégin
as Mademoiselle
Robert Toupin
as The Father
Xavier Dolan
as Antoine
Emilie Miskdjian
as La Suppliciée
Mike Chute
as le bourreau
Gaelle Cohen
as la femme de main
Anie Pascale
as la femme du bourreau
Jessie Pham
as Lucie at 10 years old
Erika Scott
as Anna Age 10
Louise Boisvert
as Voice of Anna's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Martyrs

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

Martyrs is something of a horror milestone-a dire one to some, but a movie to be reckoned with all the same.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Martyrs has an intelligence and a dogged determination to do and to say what its predecessors could or would not.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

December 1, 2010

The air of pretentiousness and the whiff of lesbian chic suggest that the bunch of nihilists who produced this garbage will claim something for it. All it really demonstrates is that there is something seriously rotten in the state of France.

March 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It will most definitely divide audiences, having already done so all over the world. But Laugier has contributed a brave, brutal and original horror film for all to witness.

March 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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.

March 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Martyrs

This extremely disturbing and almost unwatchable exercise in extreme sadism is always gripping, given how it follows unpredictable directions at every moment until it reaches a surprising final act that demands too much from the audience for being so nihilistic and profoundly sickening.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

'Martyrs' begins promisingly, telling the story of Lucie, a woman who escaped violent confinement as a child and has spent her life fighting the demons of her past whilst seeking those responsible for it. The film's exposition is undoubtedly entertaining with Lucie's first adult appearance (with a shotgun) being the highlight of the whole feature. As Lucie's plot, disappointingly, finishes by the films midpoint focus is then shifted to her long-term friend and partner in crime 'Anna'. From this point onwards 'Martyrs' sadly becomes pseudo-philosophical drivel in an attempt to give itself meaning and mask its little substantial intrigue. Alongside this the film often feels boring in moments and struggles with its shallow antagonists and missing direction. Overall it feels as if 'Martyrs' lost it way when it turned to Anna, and, although I truly enjoyed a few scenes I can't help but feel as if they would of worked better in a something less dishonest.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

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 with quite an interesting premise; Mylene Jampanoi's damaged abuse victim is by far the most interesting character in the film and the first half of the story which centres around her state of mind and her friend's uncertainty as to her sanity is very intriguing. But being a "horror" movie, cue the half-baked twist and it degenerates into yet another repulsive torture-thon, the piss weak Outer Limits excuse for which is feeble even by the standards of the genre. Quite why anybody - women in particular - would find entertainment in watching a young girl being mutilated and brutalized I have no idea, but this so-called horror is just yet more tasteless, unpleasant torture porn with pretensions.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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