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


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The Sacrament Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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 Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: D-

September 6, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2014
Todd Jorgenson

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.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

June 30, 2014
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2014
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2014
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2014
Marc Mohan

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

June 13, 2014
Rich Cline

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

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2014
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2014
Tom Meek
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.5/10

June 12, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2014
Dave White

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2014
Matt Prigge

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

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2014
Mark H. Harris

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

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2014
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 6, 2014
Bill Gibron

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2014
John Semley
Globe and Mail
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The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2014
Glenn Kenny

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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2014
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2014
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

June 5, 2014
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