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1,975 Ratings


Directed by Pascal Laugier
Canada, France, 2008
Drama, Horror


Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors.

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Martyrs Directed by Pascal Laugier

Critics reviews

With religious overtones that make the film seem like a pulpier companion piece to the likes of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Martyrs exposes humanity at its very worst—all in the name of oppressive structures of power.
October 29, 2015
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Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs is, in this context, an extreme but thoughtful movie: surely one of the few in the Saw/Hostel cabal that goes all the way to the absolutely logical but usually desperately avoided association of all this body-torture with Nazi medical experiments and death camps.
March 15, 2009
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What are people saying?

  • inquisita's rating of the film Martyrs

    2,3 It's hard to chump down the ultimate justification of the horror (to torture for Transcendence or for ascertaining agnosticism is no better than Mengele's killing for Science, plus beyond-death experience is seldom prone to oral transmission) but I saw the gut-unnerving Colored Sculpture by Jordan Wolfson which resurfaced the film from where in my head I chucked it, restating that sadism is not about death. It's

  • chanandre's rating of the film Martyrs

    When you have to take a puking break, you know it's hardcore. THE most violent film I've ever seen &probably not only the worst in its genre but the vilest in film history. There's a level of misogyny, female objectification & porn violence & sexist sadism that makes 'torture porn' too light: it's a snuff-film, no more. And a pretentious one at that, it aims 'higher': Kubrickian heights yet directed by a butcher:ZERO

  • msmichel's rating of the film Martyrs

    I first saw this on release 'sans subtitles' filling in the blanks in my translations with knowledge of the genre and it was a harrowing and upsetting viewing experience imagining the worst. Seeing again on its rental release my initial take on the film was quite accurate. On the surface this is misogynistic torture porn but the films undertone of martyrdom and transcendence is quite moving resulting in one of...

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Martyrs

    **1/2. This is certainly one of the rare movies that could make you feel in your bones the Nazi medical atrocities perpetrated during WWII. In light of the reactions here at MUBI, 'Martyrs', with this in mind, is a success. I just hope that this was the director's intention while shooting his film. So, recommended to curious and courageous ones only.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Martyrs

    Doing a misogynistic film to criticise misogyny is like fighting for peace by going to war. The violence is so extreme that makes it almost unbearable to watch... I can't believe I'm made until the end. Definitely an experience I won't be repeating.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Martyrs

    A wave of violence as terrifying as unbelievable. I hate violence to women. While in Texas Chainsaw Massacre there was a distance with the film, this one is vicious, sadistic, cruel, abject & perturbing. ------- Un incrédible déferlement d'horreurs. La violence faite aux femmes est détestable. Contrairement Massacre à la Tronçonneuse où on se distancie du film, celui-ci est vicieux, cruel, abject & perturbant.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Martyrs

    I could only count the people who've seen this film and watched it all the way to the end. The torture scenes are extremely disturbing, however it is essential to make up the profundity of the ending. This is by far one of my favourite horror films.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Martyrs

    A bleak and utterly punishing experience. After watching it the first time I almost tossed the dvd in the trash because I felt both offended and violated by the subject matter. However, I have over time reappraised the movie and watched it a couple of times and found the blend of nihilistic violence and the cold Haneke-esque methodology an unforgettable experience. For better of for worse...

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