Martin Eden

critic Reviews

, 84% 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.
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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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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    The film is a romance, of sorts, yet it also wields an anti-romantic ferocity, suggesting that the fissure between rich and poor is, whatever we yearn to think, unbridgeable.
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    Alci RengifoEntertainment Voice
    A film like "Martin Eden" is a refreshing tonic in its tones, style and maturity.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The last half hour is quite good and moving, but it's quite a slog to get there.
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    Armond WhiteNational Review
    This film's many literary and cinematic echoes may please the cognoscenti, but Jack London's heroic neophyte subject needs a more self-critical update.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Exquisite costume design and cinematography along with emotionally resonating performances compensate for the lack of depth as the film grows darker and Martin becomes increasingly distant from the audience.
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