Martin Eden

critic Reviews

, 82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Martin Eden uses one man's quest for fulfillment as fuel for an ambitious -- and often rewarding -- look at a complex array of social and personal themes.
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    What ideas "Martin Eden" has are borrowed straight from the novel; what substance the novel has the movie removes, leaving its one big, notable idea emblazoned on it like a sticker on the bumper of a car being sold in a commercial...
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    The film is a masterpiece... see it any way you can.
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    Todd McCarthyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    Like a vast Italian repast, Martin Eden serves up a load of deep dish delights, but the final couple of courses are overcooked to the point where you're tempted to spit them out.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    The sort of movie that restores your faith in an art form-or, at the very least, in the craft of turning a bygone era's paragraphs on a page into an urgent mix of sound and vision.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    [H]opefulness and rawness, much like society and the self, are ultimately inextricable in "Martin Eden," a work of art that abounds in its own beautiful contradictions.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    It's a slog at over two hours, much of it spent with Marinelli screaming or acting coarse.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    Fascinating literary adaption.
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    Loren KingNewport This Week (RI)
    By weaving Martin's ideological journey and Italy's political and social trajectory as it heads toward fascism, Marcello captures the spirit of London's novel as he crafts an ambitious and haunting film.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    Beautifully shot and superbly acted throughout.
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    Beth AccomandoKPBS.org
    Martin Eden is a film full of passion and politics, romance and tragedy, intimacy and epic sweep.
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