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Sorcerer Reviews

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Jeff Beck
April 21, 2014
Is it any wonder the film slipped into obscurity almost immediately after release? With the number of issues that pile up by the end of these two hours, an incredibly misleading title ends up being the least of its worries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
May 16, 2008
William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a painstaking, admirable, but mostly distant and uninvolving suspenser based on the French classic The Wages of Fear.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2011
The new movie is handsomely shot and crisply edited. Why, then, does one rather distantly respect it instead of just plain liking it? It is an odd, disappointing feeling to take away from a summertime movie.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Friedkin hints at political themes, but the film suffers most from condescendingly over-emphatic direction, and a generally tedious, relentless grimy realism in the opening half hour.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2014
Friedkin's cyclical, almost Kafkaesque insistence that politics revolves around now globalized, corporate power delegating hired guns to do under-the-table bidding across national boundaries announces itself through the soundscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It's easy to be repelled by the film's relentless bleakness, but it's even easier to be entranced by its immense scale, impeccable craft and astonishing suspense.
March 6, 2014
Breathtaking in its cinematography, production design and sound work, Sorcerer is a worthy contender for the film with the most suspenseful set-pieces in Hollywood history - if such an arbitrary title existed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 27, 2014
First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics.
Sam Adams
The Dissolve
April 29, 2014
[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike Scott
April 22, 2014
Over the years, a certain mystique has surrounded Friedkin's dark tale, as is so often the case with lost films. Unlike many of them, though, Sorcerer delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2009
Friedkin's maldit analysis of The Wages of Fear retains Clouzot's perverse punchline and adds plenty of its own
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
November 20, 2002
while its narrative is slipshod, the dialogue is problematic and the drive is irresolute - one thing's for sure, the film's few golden moments of awe-inspiring action is simply that - white-knuckle classic thrills
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
Though not quite as brilliant as the French original, William Friedkin's tale of desperation and colonial exploitation still packs a merciless punch.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
July 20, 2009
It's rare that a remake lives up to the original upon which it was based, but "Sorcerer" is that exceptional movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 13, 2006
An existential suspense movie, Sorcerer is a masterpiece, and one of Friedkin's best.
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