• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:    Ti West
  • In Theaters:    Jun 6, 2014 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 19, 2014
  • Magnet Releasing

The Sacrament Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 6, 2014

An overwhelmingly unoriginal thriller. "The Sacrament" borrows heavily, if not totally, from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. But, it can't get the chills that even a bad documentary on Jonestown could give.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014

The film has a ticking time-bomb quality that pays off in the accelerating violence of the breathless final act, which is more grim than gory, with the high body count one would expect from a movie inspired by Jonestown.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
June 30, 2014

What starts as a slow-burning and suspenseful story of religious fanaticism settles for a conventionally brutal resolution, with muddled social context and more narrative questions than answers.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
June 26, 2014

West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 20, 2014

West is such an inventive, powerful filmmaker that he still manages to establish some interesting spaces, even with the clunky hand-held camerawork.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
June 13, 2014

The first half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force... The second half, however, when all hell breaks loose a little too quickly, is the disappointment.

Marc Mohan
June 13, 2014

Ti West's found-footage style horror film is a cut above the genre's norm, with an uncompromising, horrific, finale.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
June 13, 2014

Yet another found-footage thriller, this chilling horror film at least has some solid roots as a fictionalised version of real events.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
Top Critic
June 12, 2014

Everything that happens is what you'd expect, and the choice of subject and the modifications West has made to the generic conventions don't add much to the suspense or thrills.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Paste Magazine
June 12, 2014

The found footage format becomes cumbersome and feels disingenuous as cameras are diligently placed by those handling them even during dump-and-run moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2014

The Sacrament is a chilling film that looks at the darkest side of human nature and what is truly capable in the hands of evil people.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
June 8, 2014

Ti Wet takes the retro anxiety of 1978's Jonestown Massacre and slaps on a fresh coat of creepiness. Not that it needed much.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Prigge
June 7, 2014

[Ti West's] skills are underutilized and the found footage aspect is as sloppy as in a 'Paranormal Activity' number.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark H. Harris
June 6, 2014

It's an atmospheric film whose ominous score and straightforward plot -- channels the growing sense of dread.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 6, 2014

The Sacrament may not be a good movie, but it has enough virtues - enough gripping, well-put-together moments - that it made me reconsider my opinion of West as a director.

Bill Gibron
June 6, 2014

The entire first half of this film feels frivolous and unimportant. That is, until Gene Jones shows up.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Semley
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
June 6, 2014

The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Kenny
June 6, 2014

Gives enough unsettling atmosphere and upsetting gut-level shock that this viewer didn't mind too much all the stuff he wasn't getting ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 6, 2014

A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
June 5, 2014

Shifts from the unnerving to the hollow after it becomes evident that Mr. West is more interested in showing how his characters die than how they lived.

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