The Holy Mountain Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 8, 2011
A rambling stream-of-consciousness quest that - in its final, self-conscious act - celebrates the primacy of the filmed image.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 16, 2011
So loaded with symbols and religious references that the frames of the films flash by as if Jodorowsky were shuffling a deck of his beloved tarot cards...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 12, 2010
The Old and New Testament scrambled as a most sustained 'shroom hallucination, one sight at a time out of Alejandro Jodorowsky's bottomless tank
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 9, 2007
a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, free-floating archetypes and picaresque episodes, all packaged to disorient and confound us with its sheer exuberance, before finally bringing us right back to exactly who we are and what it is that we are seeing.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 21, 2007
Not even Buñuel with a brainful of Woodstock's bad brown acid could have made something this gloriously screwy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 18, 2007
Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation.
| Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 15, 2007
Not the unsubtle 'what' he is saying in 'The Holy Mountain,' but the individualized 'how,' is filmmaker Jodorowsky's strength.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 11, 2007
This is an extraordinary visual concoction, loaded with stunning primary colors, anti-religious caricatures drawn from Diego Rivera and a succession of dreamlike, grotesque vistas worthy of Dalí at his most deranged.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2007
Jodorowsky loves to confront the viewer with endless brutality and grotesque decadence and degradation, but here he expresses it with a rich, densely visual imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2007
Despite all its fanciful Buñuelesque surrealism and echoes of Tod Browning's Freaks, it's not that far removed from the pop-culture movies that surround it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 8, 2007
So extreme in its sacrilege that it achieves a kind of sacredness, The Holy Mountain is a transcendental feast of the grotesque and the sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 2, 2007
Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, The Holy Mountain qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 26, 2007
Halfway through we're introduced to nine industrialists and politicians -- they narrate their heinous biographies in Godardian voiceover -- who embark up the title mountain to become immortal. Dude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 10, 2006
Jodorowsky's greatest and most ambitious midnight movie, a wickedly outrageous masterpiece that towers over its better-known precursor El Topo... an ingeniously overstimulated film that could never be replicated today.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's slightly tedious going, but you certainly get plenty to look at, what with costumed frogs and lizards re-enacting the conquest of Mexico.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 13, 2002
The icons, indirect references, and allusions - some obvious, most are ambiguous - occur with meticulous frequency. For the matter, even the most incidental detail or prop relays a history of meaning.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2002
More overtly religious and New Agey than Jodorowsky's other pictures, it describes a spiritual quest and slings in outrageous shocks at every opportunity, yielding many eyefuls and some occasional food for thought.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 16, 2011
starts off with great promise but quickly descends into a kind of monotonous spiral of escalating pretension and wearisome shock tactics
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 13, 2007
Jodorowsky's 1973 surreal fantasy is just too much to dig through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2006
The mise-en-scene is packed with colorful, often shocking images (blood and body wastes are recurring motifs) but orchestrated in a creative delirium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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