Sorcerer Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 28, 2014
By the time Sorcerer gets around to its rain-soaked, rickety-bridge set piece, you'll either be obsessed or fully checked out. Give yourself a chance to pick sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 27, 2014
First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2014
Friedkin's cyclical, almost Kafkaesque insistence that politics revolves around now globalized, corporate power delegating hired guns to do under-the-table bidding across national boundaries announces itself through the soundscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 4, 2014
...a palpably overlong drama that's rife with superfluous scenes and subplots...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sam Adams
The Dissolve
April 29, 2014
[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
April 22, 2014
Over the years, a certain mystique has surrounded Friedkin's dark tale, as is so often the case with lost films. Unlike many of them, though, Sorcerer delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
April 21, 2014
Is it any wonder the film slipped into obscurity almost immediately after release? With the number of issues that pile up by the end of these two hours, an incredibly misleading title ends up being the least of its worries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It's easy to be repelled by the film's relentless bleakness, but it's even easier to be entranced by its immense scale, impeccable craft and astonishing suspense.
March 6, 2014
Breathtaking in its cinematography, production design and sound work, Sorcerer is a worthy contender for the film with the most suspenseful set-pieces in Hollywood history - if such an arbitrary title existed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2011
The new movie is handsomely shot and crisply edited. Why, then, does one rather distantly respect it instead of just plain liking it? It is an odd, disappointing feeling to take away from a summertime movie.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 20, 2011
Friedkin's Sorcerer is just as gripping and spine-tingling an adventure film as The Wages of Fear and, at times, surpasses the original film with breathtaking photography and a superb use of sound
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2009
Friedkin's maldit analysis of The Wages of Fear retains Clouzot's perverse punchline and adds plenty of its own
Cole Smithey
July 20, 2009
It's rare that a remake lives up to the original upon which it was based, but "Sorcerer" is that exceptional movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Sorcerer is simply riveting cinema, one of the most enthralling, suspenseful and heart-stopping films I have ever seen.
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Variety Staff
May 16, 2008
William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a painstaking, admirable, but mostly distant and uninvolving suspenser based on the French classic The Wages of Fear.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 13, 2006
An existential suspense movie, Sorcerer is a masterpiece, and one of Friedkin's best.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Friedkin hints at political themes, but the film suffers most from condescendingly over-emphatic direction, and a generally tedious, relentless grimy realism in the opening half hour.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 10, 2005
The film could never shake the dark cloud that hung over its head.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Jardine
August 21, 2005
A damned riveting film, from start to finish
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100

May 24, 2003
Though not a patch on the Clouzot movie, it is still rather gripping, the photography is superb, there is an excellent use of sound and an eerie electronic score by Tangerine Dream.
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