Salo (SalÚ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 7, 2012
I can't think of a reason in the world that anyone should subject him or herself to this.
Christopher Null
January 20, 2005
In all honesty it's a terrible, terrible experience -- but give the guy credit: It's certainly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
October 18, 2008
It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Michael Thomson
January 1, 2000
Grim and pointless in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
A perfect example of the kind of material that, theoretically, anyway, can be acceptable on paper but becomes so repugnant when visualized on the screen that it further dehumanizes the human spirit, which is supposed to be the artist's concern.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Biodrowski
August 27, 2008
Intended to be read as a caustic commentary on the evils of Fascism, Salo is marred by the uneasy perception that Pasolini (rather like purveyors of modern Torture Porn) is simply getting off on the abuse he visualizes with such delight.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 23, 2007
The result, despite moments of undeniably brilliant insight, is nearly unwatchable, extremely disturbing, and often literally nauseous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 25, 2008
Fastidiously attuned to the denial of the comforting release of either eroticism or expulsion, Pasolini's boudoirs of perversion lack De Sade's scarlet hedonism. Quite the opposite, his boners reveal only the presence of spiritual rigor mortis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
September 30, 2010
By reputation alone, owning SalÚ should be enough to impress your cinephilic friends; watching it with them will be whole lot harder.
Anton Bitel
Scene 360
July 2, 2013
It... speaks to the authoritarian abuses of twentieth-century history - but it has also, thanks to the chilling (and unflinching) way in which it presents grotesque atrocity, proven as difficult as feces for censors to swallow whole, if at all.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 27, 2015
Its themes are so severe as to feel like a howl of despair more than an articulate statement of radical politics. But it is pure cinema
Cole Smithey
July 11, 2009
Dramatically feral and artistically fertile, "Salo" is a rigorous movie that dares to use the metaphor of torture as a device of utter physical and psychological annihilation for both the victim and the torturer.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
Pasolini illustrates his belief that society forces people to conform by making his victims turn on each other, then making the audience complicit. Just by watching, we are voyeurs, and Pasolini calls us out in the movie's final moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shane Burridge
August 24, 2001
A film from a text which single-handedly defined the term 'unfilmable'
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
I was more intellectually engaged than offended while watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 15, 2005
Shocking film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 24, 2004
For SalÚ, a film genuinely concerned with the nature and power of misanthropy, Pasolini's murder is a conclusive action; it is an example of martyrdom.
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