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The Sacrament Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
[The Sacrament] didn't make me a believer in Ti West or the mumblegore gang, although it did make me a believer in Gene Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
September 11, 2013
There's not much left in the way of tension or surprises and it can't do anything except feel like a huge anticlimax.
Full Review | Original Score: c+
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John Semley
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2014
The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliché of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 11, 2013
West essentially re-creates a real-life atrocity, beat for awful beat, for the sake of some second-rate thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: c-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 4, 2014
Pointlessly fictionalized, to make this version of the Jonestown mass suicide into a horror film. It doesn't come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 1, 2014
With The Sacrament, director Ti West has bitten off more of a premise than his classically modest barebones approach to horror movies can presently chew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
September 12, 2013
It's not just bad, it's infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
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-
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 5, 2014
The aim and the conceit distract from director Ti West's execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 5, 2014
Shifts from the unnerving to the hollow after it becomes evident that Mr. West is more interested in showing how his characters die than how they lived.
Brian Orndorf
September 26, 2013
Sacrament bottoms out in its second half, with West too paralyzed by the particulars of his inspiration to craft an innovative take on a horrifying event in human history.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 5, 2014
When this device works, it works well. When it doesn't, one finds oneself sighing a lot as the movie rolls onward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2014
Unimaginative shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 3, 2014
Only Jones seems most at home, striking just the right note of low-key malevolence. You'd follow him anywhere-maybe even into a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
June 5, 2014
A marked disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Todd Jorgenson
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 24, 2013
I can't wait until West makes a movie about the Shworld Shtrade Shenter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
May 5, 2014
[...] While The Sacrament affirms West's talent and versatility, the film's basic conceit is a failure of taste, alluding so heavily to the 1978 Jonestown massacre that it feels like a ghoulish recreation of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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