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Tristana Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 14, 2014
The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting.
Jamie S. Rich
July 10, 2014
Driven by Deneuve's chilly sexuality, Tristana is hypnotically enigmatic.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
July 10, 2014
Both leads give strong performances, and even though they don't engender an emotional response from viewers for most of the film their characters remain powerfully heartfelt creations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 10, 2014
It's bitter, biting and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
July 10, 2014
Yes, it's more sex, satire and sadomasochism from Spanish maestro Luis Bu˝uel in this cynical black revenge-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Melissa Anderson
July 10, 2014
One of the greatest films from Bu˝uel's extremely rich late period.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2013
You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society, the long-standing sexual double standard for men and one young woman's revolt against convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 4, 2013
Catherine Deneuve has never been more enigmatic, in all her icy blond authority.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
November 22, 2012
[A] Surrealist classic ...
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 22, 2012
As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2012
Flanked by late-period masterworks that represent the culmination and perfection of Bu˝uel's long-cherished obsessions, the film is often relegated to the role of overlooked middle child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 30, 2012
A restrained black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.
Cole Smithey
September 13, 2007
"Tristana" is a sly feminist treatise about an escape from patriarchal subjugation that comes with its own set of physical obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide
August 31, 2006
A tauting black comedy with Surrealist touches. Bunuel's reworking of Benito Perez Galdos' novel, like all the works of this prolific filmmaker, has much beneath its surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Auty
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2003
Fans of the director are likely to see Tristana as a routine facsimile of both ╔l and Viridiana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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