The Dance of Reality Reviews

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February 22, 2021
In this dream we called life, Jodorowsky is dreaming us, us playing part as audience. Who's dreaming Jodorowsky the filmmaker? Cinephiles of course. The Dance of Reality is his much softer, lyrical contemplation of life.
July 24, 2019
Taken on its own merits, it is a thunderously weird and wonderful movie, filled with scenes and images that won't leave you anytime soon.
June 19, 2019
The Dance of Reality may suffer from some indulgences, but one can't really blame Jodorowsky for indulging after such a long absence.
January 5, 2019
This man hasn't made a film in 23 years, and he's still flawless.
August 31, 2018
... an unexpected and appealing comeback.
August 31, 2018
A mixed bag, albeit an intensely colorful and at times wildly inventive one.
November 21, 2017
The Dance of Reality is a wild ride and unlikely to bring Jodorowsky to the mainstream, although it is more disciplined than any of his previous films. But it is rich, warm and wonderful, and certainly a fine entry point into his oeuvre. Do see this.
August 22, 2017
There's no one quite like Alejandro Jodorowsky.
August 23, 2015
This is the work of someone coming to terms with their past, transmuting the traumas of childhood into the building blocks of adult awareness.
August 20, 2015
It won't be to all tastes (graphic nudity, full-frontal urination) and is more hallucinatory memory book than straight autobiography, but what a journey it is.
August 20, 2015
At first the film seems overly stagey, and those with little time for circus acts may find it irritating, but when Jodorowsky hits his surreal stride.
August 20, 2015
You may not know what to think of it, but you'll be glad that it exists.
August 17, 2015
The Dance of Reality is a surprisingly moving, emotionally satisfying experience, which twirls you round in a warm, confident embrace, making sure to toss in plenty of its director's signature madcap moves.
December 24, 2014
It had a few El Topo moments I could dig, but mostly tested my patience in dealing with Jodorowsky's at times tiresome self-indulgent art.
December 9, 2014
It is absolutely crazy -- but it's the good kind of crazy.
December 8, 2014
This probably isn't an ideal starting point for a Jodorowsky novice, but fans of the Fellini brand of self-referential biography cinema may find it appealing.
December 8, 2014
The filmmaker makes peace with his difficult youth by accepting that every life is filled with both darkness and light.
December 8, 2014
The crisp digital has nothing on the bold primary colors of his best work -- but the shape-shifting narrative has a lazy Sunday movie watching charm.
December 8, 2014
Say this about the godfather of midnight movies, Alejandro Jodorowsky: He loves a parade and he puts on a doozy
December 8, 2014
A lot of the film doesn't quite click, either as dream imagery or something more conventional. But there's a spirit and a yearning in it that's undeniable and bracing.
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