Santa Sangre Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 15, 2013
You can say this: It is never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Unsworth
Starburst
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 15, 2013
More extravagant, but less controlled than his infamous allegorical western, El Topo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
November 15, 2013
The most accessible film by Mexican avant-garde auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky, his horror head-scratcher divides its time between the sanitarium and the circus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 26, 2012
When one discusses the artform's icons, Alejandro Jodorowsky must be mentioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 26, 2012
Visionary and haunting, Santa Sangre is a mixture of blood poetry and gobbledygook that keeps springing astonishingly to life.
Emma Simmonds
The List
September 25, 2012
Santa Sangre has ample affection for outcasts and much to say about religious hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 21, 2012
Not as good as his previous El Topo, but pretty eye-opening all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Cairns
Electric Sheep
September 20, 2012
Promoted with the apt slogan 'Forget everything you have ever seen', Jodorowsky's film takes no prisoners, except maybe for purposes of torture.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 20, 2012
Jodorowsky's bold, brassy tale of psychos and circuses, Freud and fanaticism, still stirs the blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 20, 2012
What an extraordinary film: creepy, humid, unwholesome - touched with moments of crazed inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
September 20, 2012
[A] red-hot Jungian gumbo of clowns, nuns, amputated arms and a dead elephant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
George Bass
Total Film
September 20, 2012
Masterfully directed and relentlessly lurid, Santa Sangre somehow manages to make Jodorowsky's acid western El Topo look sane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 18, 2012
The impression is of an old-school horror with sporadically interesting experimental ornamentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2011
A ridiculous, pretentious, fascinating, and unforgettable horror film from one of cinema's true originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 13, 2011
... certainly the most accessible "Jodorowksy film," a vision filled with circus imagery, surreal scenes, grotesque violence and psycho-sexual trauma.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
January 31, 2011
An essential work of phantasmagorical cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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