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The Last Circus Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If Tod Browning, Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro all dropped acid and compared notes, this film might be the result.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 7, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

February 2, 2012
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Quizás una forma - la mejor que encuentra el director, o la que mejor le sale - de decir que el franquismo era una comedia hilarante y una tragedia sanguinaria al mismo tiempo.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

January 13, 2012
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Alex de la Iglesia

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 9/10

November 29, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

November 26, 2011
Staci Layne Wilson

All in all, it's a visual, aural and visceral kick in the ass.

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October 4, 2011
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

In much the same way Brian Wilson is said to have locked himself in his room after hearing Sgt. Pepper, every hack slasher-filmmaker in Hollywood should watch The Last Circus and call it quits.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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For those with a taste for the subversive and outrageous, run, don't walk.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 16, 2011
Bill Gibron

The Last Circus is simply amazing. It's the kind of titanic tour de force you don't see in today's cookie cutter cinema.

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

September 11, 2011
Shawn Levy

There's a lusty depravity in play here, and a wild verve informs the film, but it's not particularly coherent, and after time the sloppiness of the technique wears you down more than the little perks of audacity manage to lift you.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

September 8, 2011
Una LaMarche
New York Observer
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You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

August 24, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The emotional aberration and physical disfigurement, the violence different in feel from the US crew-cut variety, the revenge, the bursts of sick humor, do not meld well here.

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August 19, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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If you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism ... put "The Last Circus" on your must-see list right now.

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August 19, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Take Fellini, Tarantino and "Taxi Driver," throw 'em in a cage with a lion, and you'd get this strange, wild trip.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 19, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Although not everybody's glass of sangria, it has the making of a cult hit.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Brilliant, bizarre, dazzling and utterly demented...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2011
Emanuel Levy

Bizarre, shocking and surreal, Last Circus is a significant film set against tumultuous political contexts; I wish they kept the orginal Spanish title, Sad Ballad.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

August 18, 2011
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