Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Sean Durkin makes his directorial debut with Martha Marcy May Marlene, an incredibly slow film that must be endured, not viewed. Surviving MMMM isn’t an easy task, but if you do somehow manage to make it out on the other side you’ll find that the whole experience was a giant waste of time. Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes are the only things that were worth the viewing, but even their drowsy performances don’t earn the film a pass. It’s amateurishly directed and poorly written. View with caution."