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The Last Circus Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 29, 2011
a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Alex de la Iglesia
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 26, 2011
Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
October 4, 2011
All in all, it's a visual, aural and visceral kick in the ass.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 1, 2011
Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2011
For those with a taste for the subversive and outrageous, run, don't walk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 16, 2011
It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Una LaMarche
New York Observer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 19, 2011
If you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism ... put "The Last Circus" on your must-see list right now.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
Take Fellini, Tarantino and "Taxi Driver," throw 'em in a cage with a lion, and you'd get this strange, wild trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 19, 2011
Although not everybody's glass of sangria, it has the making of a cult hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 18, 2011
Brilliant, bizarre, dazzling and utterly demented...
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 18, 2011
Bizarre, shocking and surreal, Last Circus is a significant film set against tumultuous political contexts; I wish they kept the orginal Spanish title, Sad Ballad.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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