The Sacrament 2013

Critics score:
62 / 100

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Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: West's found-footage structure doesn't always entirely make sense, but it's easy to forgive "The Sacrament" its flaws. Read more

Guy Lodge, Variety: 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. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: West essentially re-creates a real-life atrocity, beat for awful beat, for the sake of some second-rate thrills. Read more

Peter Keough, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Jordan Hoffman, It's not just bad, it's infuriating. Read more

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter: A bone-chilling genre piece about religious fanaticism taken to deadly extremes. Read more

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: The aim and the conceit distract from director Ti West's execution. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: 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. Read more

John Semley, Globe and Mail: The tension fizzles as The Sacrament narrows into predictability, indulging every cliche of found-footage filmmaking and Jonestown-styled cult apocalypticism. Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star: When this device works, it works well. When it doesn't, one finds oneself sighing a lot as the movie rolls onward. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: 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. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: 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. Read more

Rob Staeger, Village Voice: The Sacrament infuses the past with ghoulish immediacy. Read more

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture: 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. Read more