The Dance of Reality Reviews

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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.
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.
June 20, 2014
The loony-goony visuals are still in play, but there's a sympathy for the audience, a desire to put things to good and even meaningful use.
June 19, 2014
Part of the dance in "The Dance of Reality" is between one's own destiny and uncontrollable forces.
June 6, 2014
The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place alongside Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the passion and curiosity of a young man.
May 30, 2014
Despite its many flaws, this is a major work that deserves attention.
May 29, 2014
It makes sense, in the way that a nightmare makes sense.
May 29, 2014
Whatever childhood traumas Jodorowsky may need to exorcise are ultimately subsumed by the movie's wild invention and carnivalesque cheer.
May 29, 2014
The filmmaker's novel approach to memoir deserves a wider audience. Maybe everything has been done before, but never quite like this.
May 29, 2014
It may hold some interest to cinephiles as a relic of a kind of extravagant, overheated personal cinema that doesn't exist anymore.
May 23, 2014
This is a stirring and strange mix of history, memory, and fantasy.
May 23, 2014
One of the most unforgettable films of this or any other year in recent memory.
May 22, 2014
Something very close to a masterpiece.
May 22, 2014
Proof that the legendary provocateur is still a font of out-there invention.
May 22, 2014
A film with an imagination as big as its heart - which is mighty grand, and more powerful than authoritarianism.
May 22, 2014
Jodorowsky's first movie in 23 years, and the best thing he's done, film-wise, since The Holy Mountain.
May 20, 2014
[Jodorowsky's] newfound focus is personal and political, and the vibrant result signals a major talent with plenty more to show us.
May 20, 2014
The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and symbology stew, the one most invested in narrative meaning.
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