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Tristana Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 14, 2014
Jamie S. Rich

Driven by Deneuve's chilly sexuality, Tristana is hypnotically enigmatic.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

July 10, 2014
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Both leads give strong performances, and even though they don't engender an emotional response from viewers for most of the film their characters remain powerfully heartfelt creations.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

July 10, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's bitter, biting and brilliant.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 10, 2014

Total Film

Yes, it's more sex, satire and sadomasochism from Spanish maestro Luis Bu˝uel in this cynical black revenge-comedy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2014
Melissa Anderson

One of the greatest films from Bu˝uel's extremely rich late period.

Full Review Source: Artforum

July 10, 2014
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society, the long-standing sexual double standard for men and one young woman's revolt against convention.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Catherine Deneuve has never been more enigmatic, in all her icy blond authority.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

January 4, 2013
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

[A] Surrealist classic ...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

November 22, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2012
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Flanked by late-period masterworks that represent the culmination and perfection of Bu˝uel's long-cherished obsessions, the film is often relegated to the role of overlooked middle child.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A restrained black comedy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

September 30, 2012
Variety Staff
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As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Cole Smithey

"Tristana" is a sly feminist treatise about an escape from patriarchal subjugation that comes with its own set of physical obstacles.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

September 13, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A tauting black comedy with Surrealist touches. Bunuel's reworking of Benito Perez Galdos' novel, like all the works of this prolific filmmaker, has much beneath its surface.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

August 31, 2006
Chris Auty
Time Out
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Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Fans of the director are likely to see Tristana as a routine facsimile of both ╔l and Viridiana.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2003

Arguably among Bu˝uel's most accessible films, Tristana illustrates how the director channeled his personal vision into his work, even when the outcome was more mundane than his most lauded surrealist works.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
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