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El Topo Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
March 11, 2015
It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.
Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 11, 2015
Forget about the cosmic significance: it is the work of a talented film-maker, and full of memorable scenes.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
November 15, 2013
The film is by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex enough to deserve more than a simple yea or nay.
Cole Smithey
December 4, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] For all of its easily mocked elements, "El Topo" is a work of mad cinematic genius that sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 20, 2011
... the story of 'El Topo' proves too scattered and weak to bear its digressions and vague symbols that suggest everything, anything and nothing.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 5, 2011
Has lost little of the maddening, bewildering weirdness that made it a seminal midnight-movie phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 16, 2011
its mixture of genre revisionism, religious mysticism, and shocking visuals felt new and wild and meaningful, at least to those who wanted to see it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 16, 2011
Alejandro Jodorowsky may be full of it, but I'm thankful that he spread it -- whatever it is -- across the screen in 'El Topo.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 21, 2008
While I truly do doubt that modern viewer will have much use for Jodorowsky's dated spiritual philosophy, the style with wich he expresses that philosophy is often quite exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
July 14, 2007
A dated counterculture goulash long hyped as art by a blank generation desperate for something different.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 13, 2007
As perplexing as large parts of it are, the film certainly isn't boring. And it's kind of fun trying to figure out what it's all supposed to mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 4, 2007
a mystic trip through political, religious and philosophical terrains, gunning down all normative notions of what the western - or indeed Western civilisation - is supposed to be.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 14, 2007
For the adventurous viewer, El Topo is a bizarre, colorful, unforgettable experience.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 2, 2007
Violent, visionary, vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
May 1, 2007
haunting and haunted, flitting at the edges of Jodorowsky's masculine fantasy
| Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
April 10, 2007
Without the aid of mind-expanding narcotics though, El Topo can't help looking laughably ramshackle, the combination of bad dubbing, shoddy camerawork and over-the-top performances making it pretty much unwatchable by modern standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
April 7, 2007
One things for sure, they certainly don't make 'em like this any more. Nor, I suspect, would anyone want them to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2007
A dreary, protracted exercise in sadomasochism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Shawn Levy
March 16, 2007
It's steeped in blood and sex and dream imagery and weird music and imparts a sense of heat and wonder and even revulsion in a way that always feels artful and exact.
| Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 10, 2007
The movie's lure is sensual and unflagging; that's what makes it, for all its arty absurdity, the last great movie of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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