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Santa Sangre Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
June 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
November 15, 2013
Santa Sangre's content puts it beyond the call of duty for even the most slavishly devoted art-house denizen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2008
It's a weird film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 24, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The result is nonsense of a very extravagant, alienating, private sort.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2013
What Jodorowsky lacks is a sense of humor, in the absence of which his films turn ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The quality that Jodorowsky has above all is passionate sincerity. Apart from his wildly creative style, apart from his images, apart from his story inventions, he has strong moral feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 26, 2008
Unforgettable, whether you like it or not.
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
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
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
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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
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2008
The Mel Brooks of vulgar surrealism, Jodorowsky's basic principle is that if you throw 30 outrageous ideas at the audience, 2 or 3 are bound to make an impression.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
January 31, 2011
An essential work of phantasmagorical cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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