Cannibal Holocaust Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 5, 2014
Rough, but it's an interesting type of sensationalism from a (thankfully) bygone production era. It's not a film to be enjoyed, but it certainly offers a singular genre bite that's impressively gonzo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 26, 2014
An enormous master work from Ruggero Deodato whose own film has pretty much guaranteed to outlive its creator.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 14, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] Apart from being a truly disturbing film, "Cannibal Holocaust" serves up a cold plate of scathing social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 20, 2011
Cannibal Holocaust is certainly unpleasant, uncomfortable, even offensive - which is to say that it is uncompromisingly true to its genre - but that is not to undermine its fierce, probing intelligence.
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
Deodato became confused and made the very thing he was ostensibly criticising.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 8, 2010
Basically perfect: it achieves its goals in virtually every respect. Deodato made a movie whose purpose is to make me feel awful, and I do.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 20, 2010
This is, bar none, the most revolting, weird and disturbing cannibal film I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
November 16, 2009
Ruggero Deodato's purposefully unwatchable opus questions the film image's validity while debasing it
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 24, 2007
The completely heinous nature of the film...is exposed through its own inconsistencies.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 15, 2006
The effect is now familiar, but back then it was incredibly shocking, as most viewers believed every word of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Its pointed attack on exploitative film-making seems somewhat rich in the circumstances, but this is well made, uniquely unpleasant and almost deserving of its huge cult status.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
May 27, 2006
It may be the nastiest of the Video Nasties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
December 14, 2005
... specious commentary on the manipulation of violence in news and documentary footage and the exploitation of sordid spectacle for entertainment.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2005
Most of the enduring grindhouse movies lose the residue of sweaty misanthropy through the simple, inevitable obsolescence of their hard-candied centers of shock value.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 30, 2005
The actual savages involved with Cannibal Holocaust are the ones behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: D

Film4
October 4, 2003
Whether or not it was his intention, it is also possible to discern a message amid the cruelty: read this as a savage indictment of the power of the media in general, and exploitative documentary filmmaking in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 6, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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