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The Sacrament Reviews

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 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.
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
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.
June 6, 2014
The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every clich of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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.
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
June 5, 2014
The aim and the conceit distract from director Ti West's execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
June 3, 2014
The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy.
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
September 12, 2013
It's not just bad, it's infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
September 11, 2013
A bone-chilling genre piece about religious fanaticism taken to deadly extremes.
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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-
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September 4, 2013
Purists might insist isn't horror in the strictest sense, though this slow-burning investigation of unseemly goings-on at a rural Christian commune is frightening in any genre language.