The Last Circus Reviews

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October 21, 2020
I don't even know what I just watched.
July 11, 2020
Any movie that starts with a clown wielding a machete is on the right track. Circus performers conscripted against their will to fight a war they neither believe in, nor have any interest in participating in. How can you go wrong?
January 9, 2019
Comedies don't come any blacker than this, but few filmmakers are able to do more with their palette than De La Iglesia.
May 16, 2018
De la Iglesia has a particular talent for carrying his audience through his strange and visceral imagination, hardly letting a breath be taken and yet leaving them gasping for more.
May 14, 2017
We live in times where the sensationalism of the provocateurs is more thoroughly accepted in suitable contexts. A movie this grim owes us the courtesy of a steady hand.
March 7, 2012
If Tod Browning, Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro all dropped acid and compared notes, this film might be the result.
February 2, 2012
This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny.
January 13, 2012
Quizás una forma - la mejor que encuentra el director, o la que mejor le sale - de decir que el franquismo era una comedia hilarante y una tragedia sanguinaria al mismo tiempo.
November 29, 2011
a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Alex de la Iglesia
November 26, 2011
Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain.
October 4, 2011
All in all, it's a visual, aural and visceral kick in the ass.
October 1, 2011
Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus.
September 30, 2011
From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.
September 30, 2011
In much the same way Brian Wilson is said to have locked himself in his room after hearing Sgt. Pepper, every hack slasher-filmmaker in Hollywood should watch The Last Circus and call it quits.
September 23, 2011
For those with a taste for the subversive and outrageous, run, don't walk.
September 16, 2011
It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film.
September 11, 2011
The Last Circus is simply amazing. It's the kind of titanic tour de force you don't see in today's cookie cutter cinema.
September 8, 2011
There's a lusty depravity in play here, and a wild verve informs the film, but it's not particularly coherent, and after time the sloppiness of the technique wears you down more than the little perks of audacity manage to lift you.
August 24, 2011
You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.
August 19, 2011
The emotional aberration and physical disfigurement, the violence different in feel from the US crew-cut variety, the revenge, the bursts of sick humor, do not meld well here.
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