Movies Like Salo (SalÚ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma)

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82% Satisfaction: Season 1
86% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
76% You're the Worst: Season 1

Salo (SalÚ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I can't think of a reason in the world that anyone should subject him or herself to this.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 7, 2012
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

In all honesty it's a terrible, terrible experience -- but give the guy credit: It's certainly unique.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2005
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 18, 2008
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 0/5

July 2, 2004
Michael Thomson
BBC.com

Grim and pointless in equal measure.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 9, 2005
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter

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.

Full Review Source: ESplatter

August 27, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The result, despite moments of undeniably brilliant insight, is nearly unwatchable, extremely disturbing, and often literally nauseous.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2007
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

By reputation alone, owning SalÚ should be enough to impress your cinephilic friends; watching it with them will be whole lot harder.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

September 30, 2010
Anton Bitel
Scene 360

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.

Full Review Source: Scene 360

July 2, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

July 11, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 23, 2007
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2011
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A film from a text which single-handedly defined the term 'unfilmable'

Full Review

August 24, 2001
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

I was more intellectually engaged than offended while watching it.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 5, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shocking film.

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

June 15, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

February 24, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2004
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