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The Sacrament Reviews

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Ethan Vestby
The Film Stage
June 23, 2016
Genuinely creepy and upsetting, the picture showcases West's ability to make even a tired subgenre marginally fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 24, 2015
What some may see as "slow and uneventful storytelling" I see as "subtle and masterfully sustained suspense."
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2015
Although this film is classified in the horror genre, it plays more like a suspenseful drama. This film shows that director Ti West has the potential to move beyond the horror genre, as so many other directors have done before him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2014
Unimaginative shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 6, 2014
An overwhelmingly unoriginal thriller. "The Sacrament" borrows heavily, if not totally, from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. But, it can't get the chills that even a bad documentary on Jonestown could give.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
The film has a ticking time-bomb quality that pays off in the accelerating violence of the breathless final act, which is more grim than gory, with the high body count one would expect from a movie inspired by Jonestown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 30, 2014
What starts as a slow-burning and suspenseful story of religious fanaticism settles for a conventionally brutal resolution, with muddled social context and more narrative questions than answers.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 26, 2014
West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 20, 2014
West is such an inventive, powerful filmmaker that he still manages to establish some interesting spaces, even with the clunky hand-held camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2014
The first half is a cautiously dread-inducing tour de force... The second half, however, when all hell breaks loose a little too quickly, is the disappointment.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 13, 2014
Ti West's found-footage style horror film is a cut above the genre's norm, with an uncompromising, horrific, finale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 13, 2014
Yet another found-footage thriller, this chilling horror film at least has some solid roots as a fictionalised version of real events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 12, 2014
Everything that happens is what you'd expect, and the choice of subject and the modifications West has made to the generic conventions don't add much to the suspense or thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Paste Magazine
June 12, 2014
The found footage format becomes cumbersome and feels disingenuous as cameras are diligently placed by those handling them even during dump-and-run moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
June 9, 2014
The Sacrament is a chilling film that looks at the darkest side of human nature and what is truly capable in the hands of evil people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
June 8, 2014
Ti Wet takes the retro anxiety of 1978's Jonestown Massacre and slaps on a fresh coat of creepiness. Not that it needed much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Prigge
Metro
June 7, 2014
[Ti West's] skills are underutilized and the found footage aspect is as sloppy as in a 'Paranormal Activity' number.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark H. Harris
About.com
June 6, 2014
It's an atmospheric film whose ominous score and straightforward plot -- channels the growing sense of dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 6, 2014
The Sacrament may not be a good movie, but it has enough virtues - enough gripping, well-put-together moments - that it made me reconsider my opinion of West as a director.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 6, 2014
The entire first half of this film feels frivolous and unimportant. That is, until Gene Jones shows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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