The Sacrifice Reviews

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June 5, 2020
A plentiful and elaborate work of art... Still, a lot of the scenario is rather trite.
March 10, 2020
A film by a genius because of its gravity and difficulty, packed with a conceptual density and bearer of a quiet scream of a desperate optimism. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 5, 2019
A stunning and brilliant summation of a legendary career, and Kino's sumptuous treatment of it is befitting of its stature in cinema history.
October 21, 2018
I was fascinated by the unusual elements on display - the inscrutable story structure, the deceptively complex long takes, the way that clashing visual and narrative philosophies bleed into each other with a dreamlike logic.
July 7, 2018
There are echoes of Bergman (of course) and of Chekhov, and once or twice I found myself thinking, most unexpectedly, of Heartbreak House.
June 7, 2018
This is pure Tarkovsky, with all the perfectly composed long camera takes and ineffable mystery of the soul that defined his work.
May 23, 2018
Tartovsky's last film is a lyrical plea for spiritualism and a warning about the dangers of runaway science.
May 21, 2016
The dread chill of the film is a stark reminder of the zeitgeist at the time, which was full of nuclear doom.... What constitutes the tragedy here is what is left open to question.
August 4, 2015
In The Sacrifice, the cryptic Tarkovsky style helps create a towering cathedral.
August 4, 2015
As The Sacrifice comes full circle, returning to that spindly tree by the sea and its nurturing, the film itself emerges as a symbolic gesture of great emotional impact.
November 17, 2014
...haunted by the gap between human yearning and ultimate understanding.
November 10, 2014
A grand, unworldly, even antiworldly religious vision that depends on its perfect pitch to avoid absurdity and bathos.
February 2, 2012
At least close to being a great film. It's a film that lingers in the mind -- not in the least because it's so open to interpretation.
August 18, 2011
The few insecurities in the filmmaking, which stick out in contrast to his Russian works, are easily overlooked by how masterful other scenes are and the impressiveness of the imagery.
July 8, 2011
Visually potent ... humblingly vast ... [and yet] the movie oscillates between compelling our thunderstruck confidence and testing our patience with unfulfilled promise and highbrow clichs.
January 29, 2009
Tarkovsky punctuates this so-called "plot" with many, many stunningly poetic images, mostly filmed in long takes with delicate tracking shots.
December 31, 2008
Tarkovsky's last film, a spiritual meditation about the end of the world and a new beginning, bears resemblance to Ingmar Bergman's work, not least beacuse of its themes and lead actor and cinematographer.
December 7, 2007
It's long, stately and po-faced (all reasons why Tarkovsky seems faintly unfashionable these days), but if it's extended, beautifully composed tracking shots you want, he's your man.
December 7, 2007
Invaluable pointers on narrative patience, spiritual yearning and technical finesse.
December 7, 2007
Brilliant and audacious, with one of the most extraordinary final sequences in modern cinema.
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