Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert) Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
June 21, 2013

It's in the circus that surrounds Simon where we really see Bunuel's dark wit at play...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 2, 2010

One of Buñuel's richest and most complex films.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 25, 2009

Far from mocking his penitent protagonist, Buñuel values his tenacity of belief even while seeing his sacrifice as a useless monument

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 29, 2009

Atheists make such good religious films (because) they tend to think about God all the time.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 20, 2009

This is one of my favorite Bunuels, simply because it gets right to the point; he doesn't have time to beat around the bush.

Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 13, 2009

a perfect introduction for Buñuel neophytes to begin to find their way through the filmmaker's devious groove

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 18, 2008

| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 31, 2006

Luis Bunuel's Simon of the Desert is a short, but highly satisfying, surrealist parable about religious faith and morality, self-righteous intolerance, temptation, and corruption.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2006

Though flawed because of the cuts, what's there is Buñuel at his wittiest having a good laugh at the church's expense.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
A.H. Weiler
New York Times
Top Critic
May 10, 2005

Mr. Bunuel's powerful, funny, startling but inconclusive commentary on man's frailties.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 20, 2004

Top-flight Bunuel

| Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2004

Simon of the Desert's little Bible stories are twisted evocations of the dumbing down of faith by postmodern Christian anxieties and hang-ups.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 2, 2002

Surrealist Luis Buñuel firmly digs his elbows into the side of organized religion

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Buñuel's wit is piercingly sharp, his timing impeccable, and his visual style superbly unobtrusive and naturalistic -- proving again how much realism is required in surrealism.

Steve Dollar
Paste Magazine
April 4, 2011

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006


Film4
May 24, 2003

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