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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
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
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
Top Critic
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
Marc Mohan
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
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
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
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
Mark H. Harris
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
Bill Gibron
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
Top Critic
Glenn Kenny
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
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 6, 2014
A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Bibbiani
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
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
Greg Klymkiw
Electric Sheep
June 5, 2014
All in all, The Sacrament is a terrific little thriller and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
Andy Crump
Movie Mezzanine
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+
Top Critic
Rob Staeger
Village Voice
June 3, 2014
The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 3, 2014
Ti West may possess one of the most compelling voices in horror, but the wit and originality that characterised his earlier films is all but absent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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