• Sorcerer
    1 minutes 4 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Sorcerer Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2002
Variety Staff
Variety
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William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a painstaking, admirable, but mostly distant and uninvolving suspenser based on the French classic The Wages of Fear.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 16, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 20, 2011
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

February 25, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

May 23, 2014
Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

April 8, 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 Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2014
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 27, 2014
Sam Adams
The Dissolve

[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2014
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 20, 2012
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2014
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Friedkin's maldit analysis of The Wages of Fear retains Clouzot's perverse punchline and adds plenty of its own

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 25, 2009
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

while its narrative is slipshod, the dialogue is problematic and the drive is irresolute - one thing's for sure, the film's few golden moments of awe-inspiring action is simply that - white-knuckle classic thrills

| Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Though not quite as brilliant as the French original, William Friedkin's tale of desperation and colonial exploitation still packs a merciless punch.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

It's rare that a remake lives up to the original upon which it was based, but "Sorcerer" is that exceptional movie.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

July 20, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An existential suspense movie, Sorcerer is a masterpiece, and one of Friedkin's best.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 13, 2006

Hollywood Reporter
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December 6, 2005
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