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El Topo Reviews

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Ben Walters
Time Out
March 11, 2015
It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.
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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.
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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
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 26, 2007
This is gutbucket Luis Bu˝uel , surrealism on the cheap, and it hasn't dated well -- the blood is patently fake and the gunshots are dubbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
With style constantly contradicting content, and the prevailing mood redolent of egotism and misogyny, it leaves one the feeling of having waded through a full-blown fantasy where even the self-degradation emerges as just another form of narcissism.
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 9, 2005
El Topo is a good deal more interesting and a good deal less hung up on its own pretensions than all my most intelligent friends had led me to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Jodorowsky dazzles us with such delicate mythological footwork that the violence becomes distanced, somehow, and we accept it like the slaughters in the Old Testament.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2002
An extravagant hodgepodge of hand-me-down surrealism, mysticism, Italian westerns, theater of cruelty, and Bu˝uel -- more enjoyable for its unending string of outrages than for its capacity to make coherent sense.