Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) Reviews

December 19, 2019
The cinephile's Mount Everest. Between the temporal dislocation and durational excesses, the film feels like it's rewiring your brain while you're watching it.
October 15, 2019
It's the kind of film that so few filmmakers have the opportunity to make, and even fewer are given the chance to have them shown and cared for so widely.
May 21, 2014
It may sound absurd to say that a seven-hour movie has hardly a wasted moment -- as famously insisted by Susan Sontag -- but Tarr's minimalism has maximum impact, especially when the film's satiric nature becomes more prominent in the final hour.
March 31, 2014
Attention-grabbing from the first moments and unwilling to relinquish its grip for any part of its hypertrophic running time.
August 1, 2010
The food is delicious...but the portions are SO LARGE!
October 20, 2009
Its seven-hour runtime warns off dabblers, the one-screening-a-day bulk defies profit motive, and its protagonists -- Tarr's "poor, ugly, sad, and damned people" -- deny expectations of pleasure. It is also, at times, funny as hell.
March 26, 2009
The marathon Satan's Tango is a magnum opus to end all magna opera, a dark, funny, apocalyptic allegory of the Hungarian psyche that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius in equal turn.
July 27, 2008
Those with a strong will for art house extremes will strike gold here, while those demanding speed and snap may doze throughout the endeavor.
July 25, 2008
It is a good movie. It's a great movie, in fact, one of the greatest of all movies.
February 2, 2008
A fascinating seven-hour epic black comedy in entropy (ponderous musings on misery and despair) by the internationally acclaimed Hungarian director Béla Tarr.
October 5, 2007
Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses.
February 9, 2006
This startling, apocalyptic work is sometimes over-extended, but it builds to a powerful, rhythmic climax of breakdown and withdrawal.
January 10, 2006
One of the great, largely unseeable movies of the last dozen years.
October 24, 2003
It is an insidious yet ambiguous political nature that characterizes Sátántangó as a Hungarian film, in turn perpetuating its obscurity and qualifying its art.
May 20, 2003
At seven hours, Bela Tarr's 1994 Satantango is one of those unusual works of contemporary art that demand from the audience a concentrated commitment -- the luxury of time.
April 16, 2002
How can I do justice to this grungy seven-hour black comedy (1994), which in many ways impressed me more than any other film of the 90s?
April 15, 2002
Just as the film eschews typical filmic moralizing and simplification, it also casts off the typical language of film.