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The Sacrament Reviews

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March 16, 2017
West also proves that horror can draw from real-world scenarios and give us surprisingly profound moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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-
August 24, 2015
What some may see as "slow and uneventful storytelling" I see as "subtle and masterfully sustained suspense."
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
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
June 26, 2014
West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
June 6, 2014
Gives enough unsettling atmosphere and upsetting gut-level shock that this viewer didn't mind too much all the stuff he wasn't getting ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2014
A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2014
It's an intelligent, even challenging work, although not quite as crisp and frightening as The House of the Devil.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 5, 2014
One of America's most exciting young directors delivers half of a great movie with this investigation into religious cults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2014
All in all, The Sacrament is a terrific little thriller and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
June 4, 2014
As West sticks the landing...we're left with a thought: maybe we don't need movies about demon worship or vengeful ghosts. Human nature is terrifying enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 3, 2014
The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy.
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