Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 13, 2013
Bunuel's most uninhibited venture though audacious and satisfying my Bunuel pangs, lacks a bite or enough charm to appeal to the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2006
An uproarious summary of Luis Bunuel's surrealistic concerns in a collection of anecdotes starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Piccoli, and Monica Vitti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 1, 2005
The Phantom of Liberty moves with great confidence and comfort. Odd that such a wicked film should feel comfortable, but there you have it. That's Bunuel.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 13, 2005
A tour de force, a triumph by a director confronting almost impossible complications and contradictions and mastering them. It's very funny, all right, but remember: With Buñuel, you only laugh when it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The physical production is stunning to look at. The cast is large, first-rate, but the presence that dazzles us is that of the Old Master, just off screen, mercilessly testing our senses of sanity and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 15, 2003
It's wild, angry and often very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 13, 2003
This heady masterwork isn't particularly easy to decipher, but it's best approached as the literal comedy of manners Buñuel intends it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brandon Judell
March 3, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 5, 2002
Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The challenging lack of a narrative center doesn't prevent this film from having a great deal to say about the modern world and its ambivalent grasp of freedom.
Jake Euker
August 7, 2005
as illusory as a dream about a mailman and as real as the letter you find in your hand
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 30, 2002
Second-tier Bunuel, sometimes on target but mostly ineffective.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
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