You can say this: It is never boring.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Santa Sangre's content puts it beyond the call of duty for even the most slavishly devoted art-house denizen.
| Original Score: 2/4
While it's not especially easy viewing, and unquestionably not for all tastes, Santa Sangre is exhilarating, challenging, enigmatic and distressing, but entirely rewarding and entertaining.
| Original Score: 9/10
More extravagant, but less controlled than his infamous allegorical western, El Topo.
| Original Score: 3/5
What's probably most amazing about Santa Sangre is that most of it works, and almost never does it feel like it's being unsettling just for the sake of it.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The most accessible film by Mexican avant-garde auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky, his horror head-scratcher divides its time between the sanitarium and the circus.
| Original Score: 4/5
What Jodorowsky lacks is a sense of humor, in the absence of which his films turn ludicrous.
Drawing on his training in mime and his fascination with Gnosticism, Jodorowsky converted a story about a bizarre murderer into a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original.
| Original Score: A-
When one discusses the artform's icons, Alejandro Jodorowsky must be mentioned.
| Original Score: 10/10
Visionary and haunting, Santa Sangre is a mixture of blood poetry and gobbledygook that keeps springing astonishingly to life.
Santa Sangre has ample affection for outcasts and much to say about religious hypocrisy.
Not as good as his previous El Topo, but pretty eye-opening all the same.
Promoted with the apt slogan 'Forget everything you have ever seen', Jodorowsky's film takes no prisoners, except maybe for purposes of torture.
Jodorowsky's bold, brassy tale of psychos and circuses, Freud and fanaticism, still stirs the blood.
| Original Score: 5/5
What an extraordinary film: creepy, humid, unwholesome - touched with moments of crazed inspiration.
[A] red-hot Jungian gumbo of clowns, nuns, amputated arms and a dead elephant.
Masterfully directed and relentlessly lurid, Santa Sangre somehow manages to make Jodorowsky's acid western El Topo look sane.
The impression is of an old-school horror with sporadically interesting experimental ornamentation.
A ridiculous, pretentious, fascinating, and unforgettable horror film from one of cinema's true originals.
| Original Score: 7/10
A surreal circus of invention, pretension and astonishment that, like many carnivals, touts the talents of its performers but knows most customers came to gawk at the freaks.
| Original Score: 3.5/4