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El Topo Reviews

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June 20, 2017
The element of violence... holds the kernels for inexhaustible analysis of the human condition that preceded the film, through the time the film captivated audiences, and even today.
March 11, 2015
It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.
March 11, 2015
Forget about the cosmic significance: it is the work of a talented film-maker, and full of memorable scenes.
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.
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-
June 5, 2011
Has lost little of the maddening, bewildering weirdness that made it a seminal midnight-movie phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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
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.
June 14, 2007
For the adventurous viewer, El Topo is a bizarre, colorful, unforgettable experience.
May 2, 2007
Violent, visionary, vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2007
haunting and haunted, flitting at the edges of Jodorowsky's masculine fantasy
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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
December 12, 2006
You may find it a tiresome, macho relic -- or a ragtag circus wandering through a fantasy realm part Treasure of the Sierra Madre, part Tolkien's Middle-earth.
December 11, 2006
El Topo would be part of the revolutionary, post-'60s movement of Antonio das Mortes and The Last Movie if its private mythology didn't belong so obviously to its maker's acid subconscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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